Homeward bound

Jitendra Singh has resigned as the dean of Nanyang Business School in Singapore just two years after his appointment. The official reason given for Professor Singh’s departure was that he “faced considerable challenges on the personal front”. Indeed, The Economist understands that the professor’s family had trouble settling in Singapore and that this was a key consideration behind his return to the US. However, it was not the only reason for the decision. Professor Singh was also known to be unhappy with the paucity of funds being allocated to the school by Bertil Andersson, provost of the parent institution, Nanyang Technical University. A particular sticking point appears to be professor Singh’s desire for a new, dedicated building to house the business school.

Despite heading back to America, Professor Singh will continue his association with the business school in an advisory capacity, returning to Singapore several times a year. Gillian Yeo, currently the school’s Executive Vice Dean, has been appointed Interim Dean until a full-time successor has been identified.

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