Milton Leontiades, retired dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, passed away on August 30, 2015. He was 82. Funeral services were private.
Leontiades was the longest-serving business school dean in the history of Rutgers University–Camden, viewed as the architect of the foundation upon which many successes for the business school and the entire campus continue to be built.
Highly regarded internationally for his expertise on such matters as the gaming industry, economic development, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions, Leontiades earned a justifiable reputation as the “dean of South Jersey business.” Under his leadership, the Rutgers–Camden business school emerged as a prominent center for economic development, scholarly research, and business education.
Rutgers–Camden added several undergraduate business majors during his tenure, allowing students to major in accounting, finance, hospitality management, management, and marketing. He extended the Rutgers–Camden MBA program to off-campus sites and he aggressively developed scholarships for undergraduate and MBA students while expanding the school’s internship program.
In 1995, Rutgers–Camden became South Jersey’s first business school to earn highly prestigious accreditation from AACSB International.
Leontiades joined the Rutgers–Camden faculty in 1974 as an associate professor of management and became full professor in 1981. In 1985, he was promoted to distinguished professor.
He was named acting dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden in February 1989 and was appointed to the position permanently in June 1991. He was the second dean of the school, which became an independent academic entity in 1988, and served in that capacity until his retirement from Rutgers in 2004.
As a leader, he was uncompromising in his commitment to excellence and his advocacy on behalf of Rutgers–Camden and its students. His vision of building a world-class business school in South Jersey helped to attract top scholars to the faculty and is a significant reason why the Rutgers School of Business–Camden has been able to grow.
The family requests that donations in his name be made to the Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 1 Hartford Rd., Medford, N.J. 08055.