Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Today, Amy Kristof-Brown has been named dean of the Tippie College of Business, pending approval of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Kristof-Brown has been serving as the college’s interim dean since March 2020 and will begin her new role on December 1, 2020.

“Dr. Kristof-Brown has provided excellent leadership as interim dean, and I know she will continue to move the college forward as its permanent leader,” said Kevin Kregel, interim executive vice president and provost. “She brings to the position a wealth of experience in numerous roles within the college. She also brings a passionate commitment to supporting the success of the college’s students, faculty, and staff.”

Kristof-Brown joined the Tippie faculty in 1997. Since that time, she has built a reputation inside and outside of the university as a supportive mentor, strong leader, and prominent researcher in her field.

“Working through the challenges of 2020 with my colleagues in the college and at the University of Iowa has been truly inspiring. I am humbled and thankful the university community feels confident of the path we are on, and my capability to serve as the next dean of the Tippie College of Business,” says Kristof-Brown. “I am excited to continue to develop our research reputation, build meaningful learning experiences for students, and engage deeply with our corporate and non-profit partners. I’m ready to lead the college to the next level as a destination business school for faculty, students, professionals, and life-long learners.”

She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and business administration from the University of Richmond and her PhD in organizational behavior and human resource management from the University of Maryland.

As a professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kristof-Brown has served as director of the department’s doctoral program, as department executive officer, and as senior associate dean of the college. She has mentored more than 25 doctoral and master’s students as a member of their thesis committees.

Kristof-Brown is internationally recognized as an authority in team dynamics, organizational fit, and management. She is co-editor of the book Organizational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions and has published more than 20 articles in academic journals as well as several book chapters. Professionally she served as an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology and of the Journal of Business and Psychology. She is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. She presents regularly to companies and student groups on topics including finding a good fit during the job search, the millennial and Gen Z workforce, managing change, and negotiating for what you need.  

College benefactor Henry B. Tippie endowed the resources associated with the Henry B. Tippie Deanship. When asked about Kristof-Brown being named to the role, he said he is confident the college is in excellent hands. “I have had the pleasure of getting to know Amy over the past several years as she served not only in the role of senior associate dean, but more recently as interim dean. I believe she is well qualified to take the Tippie College of Business to the next level and I look forward to seeing all she accomplishes in her tenure as dean. I cannot think of a finer person to lead the Tippie College as dean, but also as a representative for the University of Iowa,” said Tippie.