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Andrew J. Policano
  • Title: Professor, Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Chair, Director of Center for Investment and Wealth Management
  • Office Phone: 949.824.1110
  • Office Location: SB1 3402
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  • Key Research/Interest Areas:
    • Financial institutions and markets
    • Macroeconomics
    • Monetary theory
    • Business school trends
  • Education:
    • PhD, Brown University
    • MA, Brown University
    • BS, SUNY at Stony Brook
Brief Bio

Andrew J. Policano is the Dean's Leadership Circle Endowed Professor of Economics/Public Policy and Academic Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Policano served as dean of the Merage School from August 2004 to June 2013.  In his nine years as dean of the Merage School, more than $55 million was pledged to support the School’s vision and mission.  Furthermore, the School hired more than 20 new faculty members, established eleven new chairs/professorships and broke ground on a new business school building in 2013.  Highly recognized, the Merage School consistently ranks among the top 5-10% of accredited business schools in the world. Recent reports in BusinessWeek, Financial Times and US News place the Merage School at number 1 in the U.S. for percentage of students employed at 90 days after graduation.


Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Policano was dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for 10 years.  He received his doctorate from Brown University in economics, and his work in macroeconomics has been widely published.  He has also published numerous papers on higher education and media rankings in addition to his recently completed book, Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities, from Stanford University Press.


Policano serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies, and he is an active member of the community. He is currently a member of the Investment Committee of the Orange County Community Foundation, The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Selection Committee, and the Forum for Corporate Directors Board Member of the Year Selection Committee. He is immediate past Chair of the Board of AACSB International and has served on the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Policano was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Circle Professorship at the Merage School for his many contributions to the School and University. In 2011, Policano was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame for the PhD Project for his work helping to increase the number of PhD candidates and therefore the number of business school faculty members from underrepresented minority groups by over 400%.


Visit the Center for Investment and Wealth Management website.



  • Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award, October 1992
  • Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison, 2003
  • Faculty Award for Distinguished Service, The Paul Merage School of Business, 2005

Publications on Business School Trends and Strategy

  • "Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America's Public Universities", Stanford University Press, May, 2012
  • “Rankings: At What Price?” BizEd, November, 2005
  • “The Innovators—The Current Dynamics of the Business School Industry”, Executive MBA Magazine, Winter, 2003
  • “The Critical Nature of Research in a Top Business School” BizEd, AACSB Int’l, 2002

National Committees and Academic Board Memberships

  • Director, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), (2005-    )
  • Chair, AACSB New Issues Committee on Rankings (2005-    )

Other Community Involvement

  • Director, Orange County Business Council, (2005-    )
  • Member, Investment Committee, Orange County Community Foundation, (2004-    )