Fisher College of Business leadership announcement

From the Provost — September 29, 2023

Fisher College of Business leadership announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Anil Makhija has shared with me his intention to step aside as dean of the Max M. Fisher College of Business at the end of this academic year, following a decade of transformational service and leadership. When he concludes his second term as dean at the end of June 2024, he will continue to serve the college as a faculty member in the Department of Finance. 

Anil, who also holds the John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, has prioritized continuous innovation in the college’s educational offerings since becoming dean in 2014. Under Anil’s leadership, Fisher has seen growth in its faculty, research impact, student enrollments and enhancements in its reputation, alumni and donor support, and media presence. Since 2015, Fisher’s faculty has grown by more than 25%, and research expenditures have increased a remarkable 75%. Fisher’s research productivity and undergraduate program are regularly recognized nationally in the top 10 among public universities. Fisher has also seen more than 25% growth in its undergraduate and graduate student enrollment since 2014.

Under his leadership, Anil placed emphasis on creating a college that is broadly diverse, inclusive, and committed to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In addition to scaling new programming, Anil has been a champion of staff, encouraging professional development and growing recognition programs.

During his tenure, Fisher created and overhauled new and specialized programs designed to meet and evolve with the needs of students and the global business community. For undergraduates, he led the creation of early arrival and outreach programs as well as the expansion of and enhancements to the Industry Immersion program, which exposes students to a specific industry to enable them to stand out in crowded recruiting marketplaces.

Anil created a number of innovative programs. He led the college’s recent launch of the online Master of Supply Chain Management, its newest graduate program, which is designed to strengthen a critical area of today’s workforce. In addition, Fisher recently enhanced its Working Professional MBA program, also consistently ranked in the top 10 among public institutions, by providing students access to online and hybrid delivery options. In its Executive Education program, the business school’s custom corporate programming has grown its portfolio of domestic and global partners, which now includes Honda of North America, Tata and JPMorgan Chase. Fisher also introduced new certificate and microcredential programs in the areas of financial technology and IT business strategy. Fisher is also actively engaged today with industry through its centers of excellence.

In addition to establishing Fisher as an educational destination for leadership, entrepreneurship and global perspective, Anil has long championed service and social responsibility within the college’s community. He oversaw the creation of Fisher Impact Day, an annual service opportunity for undergraduate students built upon the notion of “business for good.”

We will share opportunities to celebrate Anil and his contributions to our university during the coming months. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Anil for his distinguished service to Fisher and Ohio State. 


Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost