INDIANAPOLIS — Julie Manning Magid, professor of business law and ethics and the executive and academic director of Tobias Leadership Center, on July 1 became the first woman to lead faculty and research activities for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.
As executive associate dean for faculty and research, Magid will serve on the leadership team of the Kelley School of Business, the IUPUI Academic Deans Council, oversee fiscal affairs, serve as department chairperson for all Indianapolis-based faculty, and guide faculty recruiting, promotion and tenure.
“With Idie being the first female dean, I think it’s important that she’s also appointed the first woman in leadership at Kelley Indianapolis, in its history,” Magid said. “I’m honored and excited to continue her legacy of creating opportunities for others and advancing greater equity.”
Idalene “Idie” Kesner announced in early April that she will step down as Kelley dean, effective July 31, after a decade of service and return to teaching. She was the first woman to serve as the school’s dean. Magid succeeds Ken Carow, who served as executive associate dean at Kelley IUPUI since 2016.
“It has been an honor to serve Kelley as the executive associate dean for faculty and research for six years and previously as the associate dean for Indianapolis research and programs for six years,” Carow said. “Kelley is a remarkable and innovative leader in business with an amazing group of faculty and staff dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and service. I’ve worked with Julie for 22 of my 25 total years at Kelley. She is an excellent leader, and I look forward to working with her and seeing her impact on Kelley Indianapolis.”
The Kelley School faculty in Indianapolis are a unique interdisciplinary department of the overall business school.
“The complex problems that we’re facing in the future require an interdisciplinary perspective,” Magid said. “I think that the Kelley School recognized this when creating an interdisciplinary department that offers a lot of opportunities, often around research issues, to help solve problems. I am excited about exploring that model further, of what an interdisciplinary business program can do for solving complex problems.”
A native of Danville, Ohio, Magid graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and earned her law degree at the University of Michigan. She practiced law for many years in Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis before beginning her academic career at the Kelley School of Business in 1999.
At Kelley, Magid is an award-winning professor who has taught in its undergraduate, MBA and online programs. She developed an honors curriculum for Business Law and co-authored a textbook. From 2007 to 2011, Magid chaired diversity efforts for Kelley’s interdisciplinary faculty at IUPUI, an effort that included creating new mentoring programs that engaged students and the local business community. For example, female enrollment in the Evening MBA Program increased from 12% to 25% during that time.
“Businesses cannot ignore the social changes that are happening right now, and people who want to make change cannot ignore the importance of businesses to bring it about,” Magid said, citing the Black Lives Matter movement as an example.
“I think that Kelley is at the forefront on thinking through these issues and the future of business education,” she said, adding “Solving complex problems takes everyone. It takes a lot of perspective and engagement.”
Magid will continue her duties as director of the Tobias Leadership Center during the coming academic year. The Tobias Leadership Center is a multi-campus, multi-school center that emphasizes leadership research and education across sectors including for-profit, not-for-profit, education, and government service. She believes her experiences with the center, which she has led since 2016, helped prepare her to lead faculty and research activities at Kelley in Indianapolis.
Also a Kelley Venture Fellow and a research fellow for the Center for Business of Life Sciences, Magid was instrumental in developing the Kelley School’s Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program, which is designed exclusively for mid-career physicians looking to navigate the changing world of healthcare.
She developed courses designed to teach physician leaders how to manage legal risk and how to have a voice in public policy, including taking them to Washington D.C. for a weeklong immersion course on healthcare regulation and policy. Physician executives taught by Magid are now making major changes in healthcare across the country, impacting patients their hospital systems care for each day.
“It’s a fantastic, one-of-its-kind program and we want it to continue to grow,” she said.
Magid’s areas of expertise include board leadership, innovation, workplace culture, and contracts. She served on the editorial board and was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal. Magid also has been involved in campus and community issues.