Professor Howard Thomas, Dean of the Warwick Business School made the following announcement to WBS colleagues today:
"When I came to WBS as Dean in the summer of 2000, it was on the understanding that I would serve for a term of ten years. Currently I have served nine years of that term.
I wish to announce now that it is my intention to resign as Dean of WBS with effect from January 2010. I have accepted the position of Distinguished Professor of Strategic Management and Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. This represents a new and exciting challenge for me as Dean of a very significant and fast-growing business school in Asia.
I would like to emphasise how very much I have enjoyed my tenure as Dean of WBS. It has been a period of real growth in the business model, facilities, reputation and size of the school. I feel pride in our collective achievements at WBS and have made many friends in the School and University, and in our extensive alumni and advisory constituencies. I shall always be a loyal alumnus of WBS.
I have discussed the WBS Dean's succession process with the Vice-Chancellor and he is moving with some urgency to search for my successor. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard to promote and achieve the objectives of WBS in these difficult times for the School and the University.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you most sincerely for the opportunity to lead WBS and to work with such a dedicated, loyal and insightful group of people."