David Donnelly to serve as acting dean of the Bloch School
Teng-Kee Tan is taking a hiatus from his duties as dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Tan announced to faculty and staff on April 30 that he is undergoing evaluation due to the discovery of a significant health issue. Bloch School Associate Dean David Donnelly, Ph.D., will serve as acting dean of the Bloch school as Tan undergoes medical treatment.
Tan has been with the Bloch School since 2009, and has been the catalyst for the success of the school’s new strategic plan and rebranding as the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. During Tan’s tenure, Bloch School benefactor Henry Bloch announced a $32 million gift to fund the construction of the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a state-of-the-art building designed to propagate team and experiential learning. The building is slated to open for classes this fall.
Tan’s current plans are to step down from his post as dean no later than August 2014 and return to the school’s faculty while assisting University leadership in identifying a successor. The university will form a search committee during the summer to initiate the process of selecting a new permanent dean for the school.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dean Tan, his family, and the people at the Bloch School who hold so much admiration and respect for him,” said Leo E. Morton, chancellor. “We are focused on his treatment and recovery and hopeful for his return.”