Syracuse University has named an interim Dean of the Whitman School, effective immediately.
S.P. Raj, distinguished professor of marketing and chair of the Department of Marketing has been named to fill the position of Kenneth Kavajecz, who was removed from office after the University learned of prostitution charges against him in the Town of Salina.
Kavajecz was placed on administrative leave.
“For the last several weeks, I’ve had the good fortune of speaking with a number of stakeholders about the future of the Whitman School,” Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly said in a release.
“During those conversations, I encountered engaged and passionate students, faculty, staff and alumni, all committed to seeing the Whitman School continue its upward trajectory of growth and success. While many people I spoke with discussed overall qualities and characteristics for an interim leader, an overwhelming number of people specifically recommended Professor Raj. As a former senior associate dean in the Whitman School, Professor Raj is a seasoned leader whose strong institutional knowledge, commitment to shared governance and excellence in teaching and research make him the ideal person to lead the Whitman School in the interim. I am grateful to Professor Raj for stepping into this very important leadership position, and look forward to working with him in his new role,” Wheatly continued.
Raj, a member of the Syracuse University faculty since 1978, says he is honored to be asked to serve as interim dean at such a critical juncture in the life of the Whitman School.
“Thanks to our incredible students, faculty and staff, the Whitman School continues to be a leader in business education,” Raj said in a release. “I am proud and privileged to have the opportunity to lead one of the University’s highest-achieving schools during this time of transition. I am eager to partner with the great Whitman community as we collectively seek to build on the success achieved in recent years.”