A new course has been chartered for the Barry University Andreas School of Business with the appointment of Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic as the school’s new dean. Barry Provost Dr. Linda Peterson made the announcement this summer, and Mandakovic officially took the helm on August 10.
Mandakovic’s experience in higher education and the business world made him a natural fit for the role of dean. He comes to Barry from Florida International University (FIU), where he served as associate dean of the Chapman Graduate Business School and as a professor of decision sciences and information systems. He earned his doctorate in operations research and systems management engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work at FIU, he has been dean of the College of Business Administration at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, as well as a professor and director of the MBA programs at the two most prestigious universities in Chile: Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica de Chile. He has also served on the faculty at several Latin American, European and Asian universities.
At FIU, Mandakovic helped oversee 20 graduate degree programs, 1,400 students and a $23 million budget. Since 2004 he has helped increase new student enrollment by nearly 50 percent, doubled the number of program/cohort offerings and led the school’s international programs to a No. 22 ranking worldwide (America Economia, 2008).
“To lead the Andreas School of Business to its next stage is not only a professional challenge, but a fortunate opportunity,” Mandakovic said. “Barry University, by its nature, offers both a value-based education and a commitment to individual attention to assure academic excellence in the classroom. One of my main tasks is to ensure that the world is aware of our graduates’ potential.”
One of the ways to make that potential known, says Mandakovic, is to ensure that future global business leaders have strong academic preparation and a core set of ethical and social values; characteristics, he says, that are vital to the success of every student who is headed into the business world. As dean of the Andreas School of Business, Mandakovic will oversee 28 faculty and staff, approximately 500 students and an $8 million budget.