Raju Balakrishnan serves as dean of the College of Business for the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a position he has held since February 2013. Under his leadership, the college has experienced significant credit-hour growth due to several new curricular initiatives, degree and non-degree programs in collaboration with other colleges, and certificate programs. The college has also signed new partnerships with leading universities in China, India, Jordan and Taiwan as well as several community colleges in the region, and significantly increased the number of available scholarships due to several new gifts.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Dr. Balakrishnan was senior associate dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University where he served on the faculty for nearly 19 years. He has also served on the faculty at Tulane University and has taught in the Executive MBA program at Tulane and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Balakrishnan holds a Ph.D. in management from Purdue University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a B.E. in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India.
He is lead author of the textbook Managerial Decision Modeling: Business Analytics with Spreadsheets and has published extensively in leading academic journals. He has been recognized multiple times for teaching excellence at both Clemson and Tulane, and has received several research awards including best paper awards from two major academic societies in his field.