The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Board is honored to announce that Dr. Steven J. DeKrey, Senior Associate Dean of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School, has accepted the Board’s invitation to become the 9thPresident of AIM and will join the Institute this August 2012. The appointment is a result of an extensive world-wide search conducted by the AIM Board.
Over the past 16 years in Asia and at HKUST, Dr. DeKrey provided HKUST outstanding leadership. With his far-reaching vision, he led the ascent of HKUST and its master’s programs from a small, unknown institute with essentially a local student population to one of international prominence and, increasingly, a broad-based international student body, attaining consistently high recognition for the world-class standards he established.
As a result, Dr. DeKrey achieved for HKUST’s full-time MBA program a solid ranking among the world’s top ten, and consecutively for the past three years. Dr. DeKrey was also the Founding Director of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program which he drove to new heights into No. 1 world ranking for three years in a row.
The AIM Board looks forward to the leadership of Dr. DeKrey that will bring to AIM the same vigor and breakthrough work programs envisioned with his appointment. The AIM Board believes that there is a perfect fit between AIM’s mission, the Board’s vision, and Dr. DeKrey’s professional ideals on the future directions of the Institution.
As such, the AIM Board, hand in hand with the Institute’s new President, intends to frame the trajectory of a renewed and energized drive in furtherance of AIM’s preeminent management education role in Asia.
When AIM was founded in the 1960s, it established a tradition of linkages with mainstream, international institutions such as the Harvard Business School (HBS). As brought about by the founding linkage with HBS, Stephen H. Fuller and James W. Culliton, who were Professors of HBS, became Presidents of AIM. Dr. DeKrey’s appointment follows these prestigious and highly-regarded precedents. The business community, together with the faculty, the student body and other AIM stakeholders, poured into AIM its unwavering support, thereby providing a lasting legacy and distinctive thought leadership that benefited, through AIM, the Philippines, and Asia as a whole.
Thus, forty-four years hence, the business leaders have likewise coalesced to support the new strategic program of the AIM Board and the new AIM President with the establishment of an AIM Presidential Chair.
The AIM Board calls on the AIM community to work together and support the Institute’s new strategic program and the new President, Dr. DeKrey, that will bring AIM to “the next level,” amidst the expanded and more intensive competition in the region.
It is with great hope that the AIM Board looks forward to attaining a resurgent position of prominence for AIM in the region as it approaches its 45 years of service to Asia and the world.