Dean of the Year

Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the best in business through our programs, awards, and events. It is crucial for us to recognize those individuals who play a leading role in Beta Gamma Sigma members becoming the best in business: our Deans.

The Dean of the Year Award is a recognition awarded by Beta Gamma Sigma to an outstanding Dean who made significant contributions to the success of his or her chapter while supporting the Beta Gamma Sigma mission throughout the course of the academic year.

Beta Gamma Sigma invites our Highest Honors Chapters to nominate their Deans to be honored as a recipient of the Dean of the Year Award.


Dr. Sanjay Sharma

Dean, Grossman School of Business at University of Vermont

Sanjay Sharma has been the Dean of the Grossman School of Business (GSB) since 2011. Under his leadership, the school pioneered a new Sustainable Innovation MBA Program that over the last decade has consistently been ranked #1 or #2 in the US and top five in the world in embedding sustainability into the entire curriculum and practicum experience. The School also has embedded sustainability into its undergraduate and other graduate programs, becoming a global leader in leveraging business education to address global social and environmental challenges. During his tenure, he raised well over $100 m for 11 endowed chairs and professorships, programs, experiential learning, scholarships, and doubling of the business school building.

Prior to UVM, he was the Dean of the John Molson School of Business, Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability. He has over 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations. He is the Vice-Chancellor of the International Academy of Management—a Global think tank of invited thought and business leaders, and serves on several boards including the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative, the International Family Firm Institute, the ISCTE Business School, Lisbon-Portugal, the Canadian University of Dubai, and the College of Business, University of Sharjah.

He is a Fulbright scholar and pioneer in corporate sustainability research with 10 books and over 100 articles in top tier academic journals. Amongst many research and practice awards, he received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Award from the Academy of Management.