By Andrew Koch
Murray Dalziel (pronounced D-L) was announced as the new Dean of the business school on June 3 and he officially took over as Dean in August. Prior to coming to the UB, Dalziel had been the director of the Management School at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom since 2007. According to the University of Baltimore’s University Relations Office, while at Liverpool, Dalziel helped increase the university’s enrollment, launch new programs ,and increase its teaching standards. One of his accomplishments was developing new management programs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, as well as other programs for when Liverpool opened a campus in London.
Prior to restarting his career in academia, Dean Dalziel worked for the Hay Group, an international consulting firm, from 1988 to 2007. During that time, he eventually became the company’s managing director for North America and Europe. From 1972 to 1988, Dalziel was with another consulting firm, McBer and Company, where he would become both an Executive Vice President and a Senior Vice President within the company. He was also a teaching fellow and tutor at Harvard University from 1972 to 1976, and received a Doctorate in Sociology from Harvard in 1979. Prior to teaching at Harvard, Dalziel graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1972 with an M.A. in Sociology. One thing he says he was very much involved in while at Liverpool was online education.
“That was a very key component of my operation,” Dalziel said, adding that he also brought his management and client experience into the classroom. He feels it was the mission of the UB, to make a higher education accessible to everyone, that attracted him. He said the major business schools that get a lot of publicity are, in his view, only educating “elites.”
“That’s a good mission to have,” Dalziel said, “but … if you’ve ever looked around the world of business, it’s not populated by elites. It’s populated by people who actually get work done.”
As for the direction he’d like to take the Merrick School of Business in during his tenure as Dean, Dalziel said that’s something he wants to collaborate on with both students and faculty.
“In my first 90 days, I’m not going to come up with this defined vision or this defined strategy because that’s something we’re going to work on together,” Dalziel said.” So I’m going to be doing a lot of learning. I’m talking to everybody … and I want to talk to students as well. I want to really understand the students that we have.”
He added that he likes to think of students not as consumers of education, but as partners in it. He wants to know what it’ll take so that when faculty are at professional gatherings in the future, and they say they work at the Merrick School of Business, their colleagues will say “Wow!”
On Aug. 8, the UB announced that the online MBA run in partnership with Towson University had been named one of the 30 best online MBA programs in the country. Dean Dalziel said he’s pleased to see increasing enrollment in the program, and he really likes the direction the program’s going in.
“I think it’s got a very powerful proposition for students … it’s very consistent with what is going on in other industries,” Dalziel said, adding that it gives students, especially those who work full-time, more choice and flexibility about how they want to construct their MBA programs, while still teaching them the basics at the same time.
In addition to his career in higher education, Dalziel continues to be an investor in startup entrepreneurial ventures in the Northeast, especially in the Philadelphia area.