Ali Malekzadeh, dean of Xavier's Williams College of Business, takes position at Kansas State University

Malekzadeh created a vision for the business school when he arrived in 2003 | May 5, 2011

Ali Malekzadeh, Dean of Xavier University’s Williams College of Business, has announced he’s leaving Xavier to become Edgerley Family Dean of Business Administration at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Malekzadeh assumes his new responsibilities at Kansas State on July 1.

“We thank Ali for his many contributions and efforts to Xavier and the Williams College of Business,” said Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “Under his guidance, the Williams College of Business has grown, gained a national reputation for excellence and strengthened ties with the business community. Ali is excited about his new opportunity, and we wish him well.”

Malekzadeh has had many accomplishments since arriving at the Williams College of Business in 2003. He created 14 Executive Advisory Boards with more than 300 members from the worlds of business, nonprofits and government. The boards advise the college and connect it to the community.

He also started an Executive Mentor program, which guarantees every undergraduate business student a one-on-one relationship with a business executive. More than 500 executives have been recruited for the program.

He also oversaw creation of the Xavier Launch-a-Business Competition, a program that nurtures entrepreneurship. In its first year, X-LAB generated 166 proposals for new businesses and nonprofits. The program has just started its second round of competition.

Malekzadeh launched the Distinguished Speaker Series, which has featured the CEOs of Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati Reds, Adobe, Cincinnati Bell, and other top businesses.

And he expanded the college's four-year career development program required of all undergraduate business majors. The Business Profession Program complements students’ formal education by providing job-search skills, networking contacts and career advice.

“As Dean, Ali has provided extraordinary leadership in the Williams College of Business,” says Provost and Academic Vice President Roger Fortin. “Not only are we grateful to him for his leadership, but also for his creativity, innovation, and for helping to significantly enhance the quality of teaching and scholarship in the College.”

Malekzadeh said he’s honored to have served in the administration of President Graham and Provost Fortin.

“They supported me and the Williams College of Business in a hundred different ways,” he said. “My colleagues in the business school gave me the opportunity to serve as their ambassador, and I am truly grateful for their vote of confidence and their friendship. The members of the Board of Executive Advisors, and especially Ken Mailender, the chairman of the board, supported me for eight years to focus our strategy and achieve national ranking for the College, and I am in their debt. It will be very hard for me to leave the Xavier family.”