Amy Kristof-Brown
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
By Rebekah Tilley

Amy Kristof-Brown, senior associate dean and Henry B. Tippie Research Professor in Management for the Tippie College of Business, has been named interim dean by UI Executive Vice President and Provost Montserrat Fuentes pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Kristof-Brown will begin as interim dean on March 1, 2020 and will serve in this role until a new dean is named following Dean Sarah Fisher Gardial’s departure.

Barrett Thomas, department executive officer for the Department of Business Analytics, will become the interim senior associate dean.

“With Amy Kristof-Brown stepping into the interim dean role, Tippie is in the most capable of hands,” stated Gardial. “Not only is she a proven and respected leader, but she has spent her entire faculty career here. Her institutional knowledge and her love for Tippie are deep. I know that these characteristics will assure a smooth transition and a bright future for the college.”

Kristof-Brown began her career at the college in 1997 after earning a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management from the University of Maryland. She served as department executive officer of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship from 2013-2017. She has been in the role of senior associate dean for the college since 2017 where she has worked closely with Gardial on the college’s finances, facilities, research, and program offerings.

“The Tippie College is a special place full of truly exceptional people who are committed to delivering a world-class education and creating new knowledge,” said Kristof-Brown. “I feel very privileged to take on the mission of keeping the college moving confidently in the direction that Dean Gardial has set and seamlessly transitioning the college to our next dean.”

Kristof-Brown is an expert in organizational and team fit, managing change, and negotiation. She co-edited the book Organizational Fit: Key Issues and New Directions and is associate editor of Journal of Business and Psychology. In 2011, she was named a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She teaches in the MBA and Ph.D. programs at Tippie.

Provost Fuentes also announced today Amy Colbert, professor and department executive officer of management and entrepreneurship in the Tippie College of Business, and Alec Scranton, professor and dean of the College of Engineering, as co-chairs of the search committee for a new dean. You can find more information about the search committee in IowaNow