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Olin Business School names new associate dean and director of undergrad program

By Melody Walker

Steven J. Malter, PhD, has been named associate dean and director of the undergraduate program at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.

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“We conducted an extensive nationwide search to identify the individual who was best suited to ensure that Olin continues to be one of the leading undergraduate business schools in the country,” said Mahendra R. Gupta, PhD, dean and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management. “Among all the excellent candidates for the job, Steve was the clear choice.”

The search committee included Olin faculty, alumni, staff, current students and Washington University administrators. The position attracted many talented candidates in upper-level administrative posts from leading business schools around the country.

Malter has been a member of the Olin undergraduate administration since 2004. He has held several positions, including: associate director for undergraduate academic advising and student services; director of student development; assistant dean for student development and strategic initiatives; and, since July 2012, interim associate dean for undergraduate programs.

In addition to his role as an academic adviser to students, Malter has helped develop several innovative curricular and co-curricular opportunities during his tenure at Olin, including expanded global study and entrepreneurship programs. Olin’s undergraduate program moved into the top ten of Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of best undergraduate business schools in 2012.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the associate dean and director of Olin’s undergraduate business administration program,” said Malter. “Olin’s undergraduate program is recognized as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. I look forward to continued collaboration with our faculty in creating unique academic signature experiences for our students. Our goal is to provide students with a global educational experience as well as a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce. 

“The Olin Business School and Washington University in St. Louis foster an exceptional learning environment with world-class faculty, extremely talented students and dedicated staff members, and I am excited to continue to contribute to the school in this important role.”

Malter holds a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a master of education in counselor education and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice and law, both from the University of Florida. Prior to his academic career, Malter was a recruiter with Ernst & Young LLP.

Malter’s wife, Felicia Malter, is a partner at RubinBrown LLP; they have two daughters, Sarah, 8, and Emma, 5.

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