Glenn Shafer has been Dean of the Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick since January 2011. In his nearly three years as Dean, he has overseen a large expansion of the School’s undergraduate programs on both campuses and launched new programs at the master’s level in marketing research, supply chain management, financial analysis, and business analytics. The School has strengthened its mentoring programs for undergraduates, it career placement services at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and its programs for serving all of New Jersey’s students, including women and under-represented minorities.
Under Dean Shafer’s leadership, the Rutgers Business School has just moved its New Brunswick operations into a striking new building at 100 Rockafeller Road in Piscataway. This facility, along with the attractive office tower the School occupied at 1 Washington Park in Newark in 2009, provides business students at Rutgers with state-of-the art instructional facilities.
Dean Shafer has strengthened the School’s connections with the business community, with a new center for real estate, a new small business office for Middlesex County, and new initiatives in executive education. He has raised the stature of the Rutgers Business School by expanding support for faculty research. He has positioned the School to be a leader within Rutgers in developing the private-public partnerships and community involvement championed by Rutgers President Robert Barchi and incoming Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor.
Dean Shafer has been a university educator for 40 years. He completed his Ph.D. in mathematical statistics at Princeton University in 1973. As a scholar, he is best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the Dempster-Shafer theory, an alternative theory of probability that has been applied widely in engineering and artificial intelligence. There is now an entire society devoted to the advancement of this theory, the Belief Functions and Applications Society, which has been holding international conferences since 2010. He is also known for his initiation, with Vladimir Vovk, of the game-theoretic framework for probability. They are now preparing a second edition of their book on the topic, Probability and Finance: It’s Only a Game! The third international workshop on game-theoretic probability was held in Tokyo in 2012. In 2009, Dean Shafer was recognized for his work on these topics with an honorary doctorate in economics by the University of Economics, Prague.
Glenn spent his childhood on a farm near Caney, Kansas, earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Princeton, and served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan before launching his academic career. Before joining the Rutgers Business School in 1992, he taught at Princeton and the University of Kansas. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and a visiting professor in Paris and Berlin. In 2004, he was received Rutgers’ most prestigious faculty award, the Gorenstein Award for Research and Service, and he is one of two dozen Rutgers faculty members recognized as Board of Governors Professors. Since 2002, Glenn and his wife Nell Painter, artist and distinguished professor emerita of history at Princeton University, have lived in Newark, New Jersey's largest and most vibrant city. Nell’s most recent book is The History of White People.
For Curriculum Vitae, please refer to Dr. Shafer's website.