Dr. Sandeep Mazumder Appointed Crenshaw Dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business

April 1, 2021
Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.

Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University, has been selected as dean of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, effective July 1.

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WACO, Texas (April 1, 2021) – Following a nationwide search, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., announced today that Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University, has been selected as The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. His appointment is effective July 1.

Dr. Mazumder will succeed Terry S. Maness, D.B.A., who is retiring this spring after serving as business school dean since 1997.

"We welcome Dr. Mazumder to Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business," Brickhouse said. "I was impressed with Dr. Mazumder’s understanding of Baylor’s mission and aspirations and the importance of inspiring and enabling faculty and students to work at the highest levels of excellence – for the glory of God. He is a brilliant economist and academic leader who will continue the School’s longstanding tradition of transformational learning and impactful scholarship while furthering the University’s goal to be a Research 1/Tier 1 Christian research university."

"I would like to thank President Livingstone, Provost Brickhouse, the Search Committee and all of the other wonderful faculty and staff I have met at Baylor. I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as the next Dean of the Hankamer School of Business and cannot wait to get started," Mazumder said. "Several things really stood out to me about Baylor throughout this process, the most notable of which is Baylor's desire to be a preeminent Christian research university. Our faith gives us the very motivation to truly uncover further knowledge in God's creation, and Baylor's goal of becoming an R1 university resonates deeply with me. I think the faculty, staff and students at Hankamer are already making a large impact on scholarship in various areas, and all of the ingredients are in place for us to push our accomplishments and ambitions even further to the next level. I am privileged to join the Hankamer School of Business to help steer us towards those future goals."

Mazumder received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from St. Catharine’s College at Cambridge University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University. He joined Wake Forest in 2009 as an assistant professor of economics. He was promoted to associate professor in 2015 and also spent that year as a visiting scholar with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on inflation for the IMF's annual "spillover report."

In 2016, Mazumder was appointed associate chair, and one year later, he was elected chair, leading the department's goals and budget planning, faculty recruitment and retention, tenure and review, and mentoring of junior faculty and students. He served a one-year appointment as Chair of Chairs for Wake Forest College, representing all department chairs with the Dean. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2020.

Mazumder's research and teaching interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, international monetary economics and time-series econometrics. He has focused much of his research on U.S. inflation dynamics and the Phillips Curve, and has published more than 30 articles in journals such as the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Journal of Macroeconomics, for which he serves as an associate editor. He is a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association and International Atlantic Economic Association. He also teaches several courses, including Intermediate Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Monetary Theory and Policy and International Finance.

In addition to his academic role, Mazumder has served on several boards, committees and working groups at Wake Forest, including the Learning Assistance Center Faculty Advisory Board, Chairs’ Ad Hoc Committee to Survey Office of the Dean of the College, College Academic Commons Working Group overseeing the construction of a new academic building on the campus, Dean’s Ad Hoc Merit Evaluation Committee, Archie Award Selection Committee, Curriculum Committee that oversees additions and revisions to the university curriculum and faculty advisor for the formation of a new Wake Forest study-away program in San Francisco.

Mazumder has earned a number of fellowship and grants, including the graduate student fellowship in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins, a research grant on The Economics of Global Poverty at Calvin College, the Presidential Trust/Hough Family Faculty Fellowship at Wake Forest and selection for the Leadership Development Program at Wake Forest for senior administrative leaders and tenured faculty members who are in leadership roles or who have a desire to attain one in the future.

Mazumder has served as an executive steering committee member for the Liberal Arts Macroeconomics Conference, which was held at Wake Forest in 2018. He also organized and hosted the College Fed Challenge Regional Competition, an academic competition where teams of students research and analyze economic conditions and present their analysis including a recommendation for monetary policy.

"As we conclude this successful nationwide search, I express my sincerest gratitude to Dean Maness, who has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of Baylor University as a member of our faculty, a mentor and leader and ultimately, for nearly 30 years as dean of the Hankamer School of Business," Brickhouse said. "I also commend the 14-member search committee, chaired by Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Rodney Bowden, for their valuable time and service to the University."


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


At Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, top-ranked programs combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, a solid foundation in Christian values and a global outlook. Making up approximately 25 percent of the University’s total enrollment, undergraduate students choose from 16 major areas of study. Graduate students choose from full-time, executive or online MBA or other specialized master’s programs, and Ph.D. programs in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship or Health Services Research. The Business School also has campuses located in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Visit baylor.edu/business for more information.