Lang School Dean to Step Down May 1

Dr. Lysa Porth, dean of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph, will step down from her role May 1.

Dr. Gwen Chapman, provost and vice-president (academic), made the announcement today.

“Dr. Porth accomplished many things as dean of the Lang School, most notably achieving accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and launching the new institute in sustainable commerce,” Chapman said.

“While we are disappointed that she is choosing to end her term early, we are delighted she will maintain her U of G connection as a professor, researcher and mentor to students.”

Before joining U of G in 2020, Porth was the associate dean of strategic partnerships and administration in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. She has also served as a federal, provincial and territorial academic adviser.

Following a short administrative leave, Porth will retain her academic position as a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.

In making today’s announcement, Chapman said that Dr. Sara Mann, associate dean (academic) and a professor in the Department of Management, will serve as interim dean for a two-year period.

Mann previously served in that role for 15 months before Porth’s arrival.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Mann has agreed to once again take on this leadership role,” Chapman said. “Her strong leadership skills and experience will provide continuity and stability, while also allowing the school to continue its positive trajectory and fulfill important plans and goals.”

Chapman added that Mann will work closely with Porth to ensure a smooth transition.