Dean Sharon F. Matusik

About Sharon F. Matusik

Edward J. Frey Dean of Business

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Sharon Matusik to serve a five-year, renewable term as dean of the Ross School of Business beginning Aug. 1, 2022.


Matusik is a distinguished scholar and teacher whose professional expertise spans strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As an academic leader, she has a strong record of accomplishment in critical areas, including student success; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and community engagement.

A first-generation college student, Matusik earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English with honors from Colby College. She earned a PhD in strategic management from the University of Washington School of Business Administration.

Matusik initially pursued a successful career in consulting. She joined the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University as an assistant professor after completing her PhD. In 2004, she moved to the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder as an assistant professor, later rising to full professor of strategy and entrepreneurship. She became the 14th dean of the Leeds School in 2017.

At the Leeds School, Matusik served in a number of leadership roles, including academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and senior associate dean for faculty and research. As dean of Leeds, she launched critical initiatives, including an innovative partnership between Leeds and the College of Engineering Applied Science; the End the Gap program, aimed at achieving gender parity; and Career Impact, designed to align the student experience with skills needed for long-term career success. Her term as Leeds dean saw substantial increases in student achievement, diversity of the faculty, fundraising, and community engagement.

Matusik’s research has been published in top academic journals and is frequently cited in the management field. Her teaching and research areas of expertise include strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge assets. Matusik has received multiple awards for research, teaching, and service to her profession, including the Excellence in Leadership Award from the University of Colorado four-campus system. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including a current appointment with the Strategic Management Society.