Tulane Freeman Swipes Dean From Arizona Eller

Paulo Goes will leave his position as Dean of the University of Eller College of Management for the same position at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Courtesy photo

Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business has named Paulo Goes as its new dean starting August 23, 2021. Goes has served as Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management since March of 2016. Both schools finished in the top-50 of this year’s Poets&Quants Ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools.

Goes also spent eight years as the Head of the Department of Management Information Systems and the Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology at the University of Arizona before taking over as Dean of the Eller College. Before Arizona, Goes also spent time at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, where he was the Director of Technology.

“Freeman is very well positioned to lead in business education into the future with many significant ingredients already in place: great research faculty; strengths in the key business areas; innovative programs; a highly collaborative spirit; focus on student success through experiential learning, global activities, and entrepreneurship,” Goes said in the university’s news release.


Goes earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and a master’s degree in production engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Two years after emigrating to the U.S., Goes earned another master’s degree, this one in operations research from the University of Rochester. Goes continued at Rochester to earn his Ph.D. in business administration. His research has focused on data intelligence and analytics.

During his time at the University of Arizona, Goes developed strategic plans for the Eller College that leveraged core research competencies to solidify and grow academic programs. These strategies led to an increase in the full-time master’s program size by 203%, going from 30 in 2008 to 91 in 2011. 

Additionally, this year Eller College of Management ranked among the top ten national undergraduate programs enrolling the most minority students.


In December 2020, Ira Solomon, the current dean who will step down after ten years leading the Freeman School announced a partnership with Beijing’s Peking University. The partnership offered Freeman graduate students the opportunity to attend in-person classes at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management through a “visiting student” status.

The partnership followed the reopening of Tulane University’s campus and marked a solution to accommodate overseas students having trouble getting into the U.S.

With this appointment and the return of students to campus, Goes will bring a different vision and be part of the new environment.

“I’m eager to be part of creating the future of business education in such an exciting environment,” Goes said in the school’s release.


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