Dr. Avinandan (Avi) Mukherjee has been appointed to the position of Dean of the AACSB-accredited College of Business at Clayton State University, effective Aug. 1, 2014. He will replace Dr. Michael Deis, who will return to his faculty position as professor of Management, having served as interim dean since January 2013.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University and excited about this new leadership opportunity,” says Mukherjee. “I look forward to leading this vibrant and growing College of Business with an amazing team of faculty and staff who are dedicated to the success of our students. The College of Business at Clayton State University will continue to grow with innovative programs, engaged learning initiatives and enhanced regional partnerships. It is well positioned to prepare tomorrow’s business leaders for Atlanta and the world."
Currently chairperson of the Department of Marketing in the School of Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Mukherjee has served in that position since 2008. In that role, he has led a multi-pronged comprehensive transformation of the department, which resulted in the Marketing Department becoming the largest department in the school in number of programs and number of graduating students. His accomplishments include growing the student enrollment by 85 percent and faculty strength by 55 percent, launching a new program in Sports, Events and Tourism, introducing a radically-new MBA curriculum on and off-campus, and generating a record level of student awards and scholarships.
Mukherjee brings with him a uniquely international academic experience. Prior to joining Montclair State, he had been a full-time faculty member of Marketing at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. He served as the director of Studies of the Executive MBA Program at University of Bradford, and the chairperson of Computer Services at Indian Institute of Management. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Rutgers Business School ( in Newark, N.J., Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore), INSEAD (France), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), ESC Toulouse (France), Nordic International Management Institute (China), and Kathmandu University (Nepal).
Mukherjee earned his Ph.D. in Marketing at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, which is consistently ranked among the Top 100 Business Schools across the world. Part of his doctoral work was conducted at ESSEC Business School in Paris and his research was affiliated to the International Motor Vehicle Program of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, a leading specialist reference resource of academic information and analysis, highlighting cutting edge research, new concepts and theories, and fresh practical ideas and initiatives that can be readily applied in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. In addition, Mukherjee has published more than 100 refereed articles in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and edited books and his published research papers have been cited more than 1500 times by fellow researchers and scholars.
Mukherjee has been a member of the board of several organizations and president of the Business and Health Administration Association. He has also supervised six doctoral dissertations and was competitively chosen at Montclair State University as the only doctoral faculty from the School of Business in the Environmental Management Doctoral Program.