University of Vermont,Sanjay Sharma, dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, has been appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at The University of Vermont, effective July 1, 2011.Dr Sharma comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education. During his four-year tenure at Concordia, the sixth largest university in Canada with more than 45,000 students, JMSB established itself as one of the top business schools globally with its MBA program ranked among the top 100 in the world by The Economist and its EMBA program ranked amongst the top 100 by the Financial Times. He facilitated a strategic focus at JMSB on educating managers with excellence in traditional knowledge and an ability to manage for the future in a global, complex, multi-stakeholder and sustainable business environments. This focus was recognized by JMSB’s ranking as 34th in the world in the Beyond Gray Pinstripes Survey by the Aspen Institute in 2010 and the school’s inclusion amongst the top 300 business schools out of 13,100 globally by the Princeton Review. Sanjay enhanced the research profile of JMSB via external fundraising for research centers (including the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise), several research chairs and professorships, and increased external research grants.‘We are extremely fortunate to have one of the most respected business school leaders in North America bring his expertise to the University of Vermont,’ said Jane E. Knodell, Provost and Senior Vice President. ‘Dr. Sharma’s rare combination of practical experience, extensive research and leadership skills within higher education was extremely compelling and should serve UVM’s School of Business well as it continues to establish itself as one of the top small business school programs in the northeast.’UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel also noted that, ‘Dr. Sharma’s scholarly record and leadership achievements will help us further strengthen our quality and reputation, not only in the School of Business Administration, but across the University as a whole. I could not be more pleased that he has agreed to help us fulfill our vision as one of the nation’s premier small research universities.’Prior to his arrival at JMSB, the largest English language business school in Canada with more than 8,500 students and 350 full time and part time faculty, Sharma held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability and was professor of policy in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also conceived and served as the first director of the Certified Management Accountant’s Centre for Responsible Organizations, an interdisciplinary center focusing on research and practice in the areas of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethics, environmental management, social issues, and corporate governance.A 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar, Sharma has won several research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others. He has co-edited six books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.Sharma began his academic career as an associate professor and director of the Executive MBA Programs at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax where he improved the national ranking of the EMBA program in Canadian Business from a ranking of tenth to third-place. Sharma earned his Ph.D in management in 1996 from the University of Calgary and his MBA in 1976 from Panjab University, India, where he received the University Gold Medal. He completed his undergraduate work in 1974 at the University of Delhi.‘I welcome the opportunity to work with the leadership team at UVM and the BSAD faculty and staff to build on the strengths of the school and realize its potential as a globally recognized unique destination for excellence in management education and research,’ Sharma said. ‘I also look forward to actively engaging the BSAD alumni and the Vermont business community in achieving this mission, attracting new resources, and helping to strengthen the economic vitality of the state. I could not be more excited at the prospect of joining such a vibrant academic community, and I deeply appreciate the confidence that has been placed in me by the University. Be assured that I will do my utmost to ensure that this confidence is well placed.’Prior to his academic career, Sharma was a senior level manager at multiple international corporations. He served as managing director of Chanrai International Plc. UK (1986-1992); chief executive officer of Sanraj Group Ltd. in India (1981-1986); financial controller of Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd. in India (1979-1981); and assistant manager (finance) of J.K. Synthetics Ltd. in India (1976-1979). ###
Taarabt’s agent has claimed the midfielder has been told he can leave the club in the next transfer window, but Redknapp believes there is no interest in the Morocco star. Taarabt continues to battle ankle trouble, with Redknapp claiming the 25-year-old struggles to stay in shape. “Milan don’t seem to be interested in him now, no.” Rangers take on West Ham at Upton Park in Premier League action on Sunday, bidding to hit back from 2-1 defeat at Southampton. Brazilian midfielder Sandro was withdrawn from action at St Mary’s last weekend after suffering a knock to the head. The former Spurs star will be fit to face West Ham, but Redknapp admitted Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are still battling hamstring trouble. “We’re not sure who will be fit really, we’ve got to have a look at one or two of them,” he said. “We won’t be sure until we get through today, then we’ll see how they are. “The knock on the head to Sandro was just a thing that happened, he’s recovered fully so hopefully he’ll be okay. “We need to tighten up, but it’s been difficult because I’ve brought some midfielders into the club and they’ve never been fit to play. “We’ve never got them on the pitch at one time, there’s always been a problem. “Sandro’s come in and been injured, Jordon Mutch has been injured, Joey Barton has been injured so it’s been difficult really to get a real settled group in there. “You need midfielders to weight in with goals, they have to score and if they’re not doing that they’re not producing.” Harry Redknapp has told Adel Taarabt to concentrate on getting fit for QPR rather than agitating for a January transfer. Press Association Redknapp said QPR will only entertain Taarabt leaving on a permanent transfer, with the west London club holding out for a £4.5million fee. Taarabt spent time on loan at AC Milan last season, but former Spurs boss Redknapp believes the San Siro club have cooled interest in a long-term deal. “Well I know nothing about that; the first thing he needs to go is to get fit and start playing football here, isn’t it?” said Redknapp. “That’s all we want Adel to do is, to be fit to play for QPR. “I don’t where he’s got the green light to leave in January from, he had the green light to leave in the summer, but there was no one, Milan didn’t come in for him. “He’s always had the green light if somebody wants to pay the money the club wants for him. “If they don’t pay the money he stays here. “But I need him fit, I want to get him fit, he’s a good player, a real talent, I just want to get him out on the training ground every day, get him fit and playing for QPR, that’s my only interest at the moment.