Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Kaushal Chari

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 32
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur
  • Graduate degree/university: MBA and PhD in Management Information Systems, University of Iowa

Dean of UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar College of Business since 2019, Kaushal Chari has expanded partnerships with industry and bolstered new business startups, while building the college’s reputation in analytics and innovation, according to Kristine Piwek, the college’s assistant dean of communication and administrative affairs.

“With 75% of Lubar graduates staying in Wisconsin, the college is a feeder school of employees for businesses across the region,” said Piwek.

To enhance graduate preparedness, the college has expanded its tutoring and mentoring programs, including those for first generation students and students of color, and created the ‘Lubar 25’ recognition program for outstanding undergraduate students. 

Chari also led efforts to rejuvenate the college’s curriculum, and to launch a new online MBA program and a new master’s in digital supply chain management.

He also developed the Industry Connect project consulting program and expanded the network of business executive advisors to the college. Chari led the effort to develop the Business Innovation Incubator on the UW-Milwaukee campus, which is currently hosting 10 startups in its inaugural year.

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