Announcing the New Dean of the Ithaca College School of Business

By Melanie Stein, May 24, 2022
A message from Provost Melanie Stein.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of experienced administrator and educator Michael Johnson-Cramer as the new dean of the Ithaca College School of Business. He will begin his new position at IC on July 1, 2022.

Michael is currently a professor of management at Bentley University, considered one of the nation’s top business schools. During the 2019-20 academic year he served as Dean of Business and of the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley. Prior to that he spent 15 years at Bucknell University, where he was on the global management faculty and his administrative experience included service as Associate Dean of Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences, founding director of the School of Management, and interim dean of the Freeman College of Management.

In seeking a dean for the School of Business, we were determined to find someone who would be a hands-on, inspirational, and collaborative leader for the school’s academic, teaching, and research enterprise, interested in the holistic development of our students and with an unwavering and proven commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Michael has a demonstrable record of achievement in all of the above during his higher education career. His personal commitment to inclusion and his desire to create just organizations rooted in understanding and empathy derives from being a first-generation college student. He believes that creating experiences within and beyond the classroom can transform students’ lives, that business education should serve a higher purpose in business and society, and that good leadership can build systems that make both of those things more likely.

I want to thank the search committee, chaired by associate professor Christine Bataille, for its work in developing an outstanding pool of worthy candidates.

I especially want to express my gratitude to professor Alka Bramhandkar, who has so ably led the school as interim dean for these past two years.

You can read more about Michael’s background, and his vision for our School of Business, in the college’s news story. Please join me in extending to him a warm welcome to Ithaca College.


Melanie Stein
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs