Dr. Christopher Puto has agreed to remain as dean of the Opus College of Business (OCB) for another year while a search for the next dean is under way. In addition, St. Thomas alumnus and trustee Timothy P. Flynn, recently retired chairman of KPMG International, has agreed to chair the Executive Committee of the Opus Strategic Board of Governors.
Puto announced in February that he intended to step down as dean on June 30 and transition to full-time faculty member. Father Dennis Dease, president, and Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer, along with the Opus Strategic Board of Governors, have asked Puto to remain in his position while the search for his successor is conducted.
“The OCB has made tremendous strides over the past few years,” Huber said, referring to the 2011 accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the recent No. 104 ranking in U.S. News & World Report. “By Chris remaining as dean until a successor is chosen, we will be able to continue the momentum created by the recent accreditation and ranking.”