Santiago Iñiguez is 2016’s Dean of The Year.
In an appropriately titled article “Europe’s Business School Maverick”, Poet’s & Quants awards Santiago Iñiguez the coveted title of Dean of the Year. The piece highlights how Santiago Iñiguez’s unique approach to business education has aided IE’s success and shaped the way business schools conduct business.
Iñiguez is notably the first European dean to receive the title as his predecessors’ stem from the distinguished institutions of Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and the University of Virginia Darden School.
As the first European to be named Dean of the Year, Santiago Iñiguez has completely transformed an institution and the many lives it impacts. Year after year, he has broken the boundaries of business school conventions, forging innovative partnerships with novel partners and making IE as responsive to the needs of the market as a highly ambitious commercial enterprise. More than any other dean in his generation, Iñiguez has made business school a real business.
As an entrepreneur and visionary, Santiago Iñiguez has recognized the important role humanities has in business and it has shaped IE’s unique identity. Under his leadership, IE and its programs have been transformed and have had a positive impact on the school’s reputation worldwide.
In other words, he is not your typical dean of a business school. “It’s not only about business with him,” believes Martin Boehm, a marketing professor at IE and dean of programs. “It’s much more of a global vision with multiple dimensions. He realizes the world outside of business is important, and he believes in developing not only the business person but the mind and the total person which is why the humanities is very important to him.
This January, Iñiguez will move on from his position as Dean and take on the role of Executive President. He will undoubtedly continue to be a driving force not only for IE but also business education.