York University announces permanent appointment of Detlev Zwick as Dean of Schulich School of Business


TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2021 — Today, York’s Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Detlev Zwick to the position of Dean, for a five-year term.

Professor Zwick has served with great distinction as Interim Dean of the Schulich School of Business since July 1, 2020. Prior to that appointment, he had served as the School’s Associate Dean Academic with broad responsibilities for teaching-and-learning innovation and recognition, program development, academic policy, student services, and international relations; and earlier as director of the school’s BBA/iBBA program.

As Interim Dean, Zwick has been leading the school’s development at the forefront of technological innovation in management education. He has been working with colleagues within and beyond the School of Business to advance its global brand as a leader in research excellence, teaching, and delivery of an exceptional student experience. These initiatives have included the launch of a new Research Excellence Fellowship program, further development of experiential learning and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion that breaks down systemic barriers.

Zwick holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island, his work has been published widely in marketing, communication, media culture and sociology venues, and he is frequently cited in media for his expertise.

“This is an important time in Schulich’s development, as we continue to enhance its global brand and the exceptional research, teaching, and learning experience for which the School is known,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Professor Zwick and his colleagues in the coming years to enrich the School’s leadership in business education in Canada and internationally.”

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to continue serving the Schulich School of Business and York University,” said Zwick. “Schulich has consistently rated amongst the best business schools in with the world, with a faculty of changemakers that command global influence. I am committed to continue engaging our community and partners as we chart a new course forward.”

York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future. 

Media contact: Yanni Dagonas, YanniDag@yorku.ca, 647-468-7850