Idalene “Idie” Kesner is dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a position she has held since her appointment in July 2013. She is also the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management at the university.
Dean Kesner joined Indiana University’s Kelley faculty in 1995 and has served in many leadership roles, including associate dean of faculty and research, chair of the M.B.A. program, and chair of the department of management and entrepreneurship.
Her research focuses on corporate boards, executive succession, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to teaching more than 100 executive education classes, she has consulted with many national and international firms on management and board-related issues.
She has won dozens of teaching awards, both at Kelley and at the University of North Carolina, where she was a professor for 12 years.
Dean Kesner earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Kelley, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.