Current CEO of the US Studies Centre Professor Geoffrey Garrett has been appointed as the next Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.

"Professor Garrett is a scholar of international renown and I am delighted he has accepted this position as the University of Sydney Business School enters a crucial stage in its development," said the University's Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

"He has extensive management experience relevant to a Business School context and a breadth of scholarly interests that notably include globalisation, international relations, business administration and strategic management," Dr Spence said.

"We wish Geoff well as he takes on this new challenge and look forward to working with him in the coming year and beyond to deepen the relationships between the Centre, the Business School, and other Faculties of the University", said Chair of the US Studies Centre Malcolm Binks AO.

Professor Garrett has been the founding CEO of the US Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney since 2008. The US Studies Centre combines a full academic program of teaching and research with analysis and commentary on US affairs and think tank projects on issues including sustainability, innovation and the future of the Australia-US alliance.

"I am honoured and delighted to be the next Dean of the Business School, following the wonderful leadership of Professor Peter Wolnizer," said Professor Garrett. "I very much look forward to working with Acting Dean Tyrone Carlin and his colleagues to take the School to new heights, including partnering with the US Studies Centre to enrich the opportunities for our students to study, live and work in America."

Professor Garrett was previously President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and before that Dean of the UCLA International Institute. He has also held senior academic positions at Oxford, Stanford, and Yale and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a well-known figure on the international stage and is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and a founding Director of the Asia Foundation in Australia.

A prominent and highly regarded commentator on all aspects of US politics, economics and foreign policy and China-US relations in the Australian media, Professor Garrett is also the author of Partisan Politics in the Global Economy, editor of The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, editor of the Encyclopaedia of Political Science, and author of over 50 articles in the world's leading social science journals. His editorial board service includes internationally prestigious journals such as Global Policy, International Organisation and World Politics.

A dual citizen of Australia and the United States, Garrett holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University. He earned his MA and PhD at Duke University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

He will take up the Deanship on 1 April 2012 following the completion of his term as CEO of the US Studies Centre. Until then Professor Tyrone Carlin will continue as Acting Dean of the Business School.