New leadership for IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis


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Philip T. Powell, associate dean of academic programs, and Kenneth A. Carow, associate dean for faculty and research

The faces may be new, but the commitment to innovative programs and faculty research that prepare a world-class workforce for the state of Indiana remains unchanged. New leaders will assume the reins at the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, located on the IUPUI campus.

Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner has appointed Kenneth A. Carow as Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Philip T. Powell as Associate Dean of Academic Programs; both begin in their new roles on July 1.

“Ken knows the Indianapolis programs inside and out, and Phil has successful experience with a variety of Kelley programs on both campuses,” said Kesner, who also serves as the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Together, they’ll make a great team to lead Kelley Indianapolis as it continues to grow as the leading business school in the state’s capital.”

A professor of finance, Carow will oversee faculty research and the promotion and tenure process. He also will work with the IUPUI Academic Deans Council and focus on outreach within the business community.

“The core mission for Kelley Indianapolis is to serve central Indiana and the entire state—to train dynamic young professionals who can contribute to the region’s economic growth,” said Carow. “We believe economic growth is founded in the entrepreneurial mindset, which is nurtured at Kelley Indianapolis with faculty research and hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.”

Powell returns to Kelley Indianapolis after serving the Bloomington campus as faculty chair of the full-time and online MBA programs. He will oversee all Kelley Indianapolis academic programs, career services, marketing and communications, technology and fundraising.

“At the Kelley School, we’re already at the cutting edge of teaching and scholarship. It’s more than just the programs we have; it’s how we contribute,” said Powell, who is an associate clinical professor of business economics. “Our faculty is discovering knowledge now that won’t be in a textbook for several more years. When we go into a classroom to deliver that knowledge, or when we’re on a consulting project in the community, those that are benefiting are already putting themselves ahead competitively.”

The addition of new leadership at Kelley Indianapolis comes as Philip L. Cochran steps down after nine years as the school’s Executive Associate Dean. During Cochran’s tenure, the Evening MBA Program transitioned to an innovative online and in-person hybrid delivery model and has consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 part-time MBA programs, while the Business of Medicine MBA Program graduated its first class of physician MBAs and the Undergraduate Program admitted a record number of students. Cochran will remain on the Kelley Indianapolis faculty as a professor of management.

“We have so much appreciation for Phil Cochran, who served in his leadership roles much longer than most deans,” said Kesner. “He more than earned the chance to fulfill his dream of returning to research and teaching. Phil helped oversee Kelley-Indianapolis during a period of strong growth, and it’s because of this growth that we took the opportunity to reorganize the structure to align more closely with Kelley-Bloomington.”