A Talented Scholar and Higher Education Leader
Alison Davis-Blake, Bentley University’s eighth president, is an accomplished academician and a leader in higher education. She served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011) and of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (2011-2016). Dr. Davis-Blake holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior, both from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Dr. Davis-Blake is a talented scholar with expertise in strategic human resource management and organizational design for effective management of human capital. Her research interests include the effects of outsourcing on organizations and employees; the design of effective organizational recruitment, salary and promotion systems; and the organizational consequences of relying on large numbers of temporary, contract and leased workers. She has taught courses in organization theory, organizational behavior, fundamentals of management, and strategic human resource management for students at the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral and executive levels.
While at Ross, Dr. Davis-Blake positioned the school globally for its new mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. This included increasing global study opportunities for MBA and Bachelor of Business Administration students and forming new partnerships with universities around the world. Under her leadership, Ross expanded activities in India, Japan and South Korea. Helping the school expand domestically, Dr. Davis-Blake brought the Executive MBA program to Los Angeles and introduced the Master of Management and Minor in Business programs.
Dr. Davis-Blake was the first female dean at both Carlson and Ross and is Bentley’s second woman president. Earlier in her career, she served in multiple positions at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, including senior associate dean for academic affairs and chair of the Management Department, as well as at Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now the Tepper School of Business).
Dr. Davis-Blake’s husband, Michael, is a physicist who has spent most of his career developing scientific software that takes algorithms from university labs and makes them usable outside the lab. Alison and Michael have two sons: Kent, who graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS and works at a technology firm in Silicon Valley, and Gordon, who is currently studying at Stanford.