Edward J. Frey Dean; Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business | University of Michigan
DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles across the school over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program.
With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, DeRue believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact—and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders. He is an award-winning researcher and instructor, and is widely considered a thought leader in business education and action-based learning.
Driven by the Ross mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world, DeRue is committed to creating transformative student experiences.
During his tenure as associate dean of Executive Education, DeRue led the program to its best performance in a decade; expanding its portfolio to more than 30 open enrollment and dozens of custom programs. The Financial Times recently ranked Michigan Ross among the top five global executive education providers. He also led the creation and launch of Alumni Advantage, a new initiative connecting Ross alumni to the school and university. Offerings include free tuition for executive education programming, access to livestreamed school events, and the opportunity to attend #ROSSTALKS, a series of global events where faculty present TED-style talks on hot-button business topics.
As an expert in leadership, team and organizational development, and HR/talent strategy, DeRue is considered one of the world’s most influential business professors. His award-winning research has been published in top academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, the Human Resource Management Journal, and more.
DeRue is also a highly respected thought leader that has been featured in national and international media publications including Bloomberg, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Forbes, and The Huffington Post, sharing his insights on leadership, change management, human resource management, and more.
Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.