Deborah Merrill-Sands

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Deborah Merrill-Sands is the dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Paul College in 2015, Dean Merrill-Sands served as the dean of Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business from 2010-2015, where she also held the Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education. Dean Merrill-Sands’ tenure at the School of Management of Simmons College (1996-2010) included the leadership positions of dean and associate dean as well as co-founder and co-director the Center for Gender in Organizations.

Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs, and book chapters.  Her research and consulting focuses on diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace, women and leadership, organizational effectiveness and leading change. Most recently, she has explored business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dean Merrill-Sands worked for 15 years in international agricultural research and development with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the International Service for National Agricultural Research, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. She also has consulted to for-profit, not-for-profit and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness.  She has served on the boards of Hampshire College, the Forte Foundation, and the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology.

Dean Merrill-Sands earned her Ph.D. (1984) and M.A. (1981) in anthropology from Cornell University and her B.A. (1975) in social sciences from Hampshire College.  Over her career, she has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright Hays, the Inter-American Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 


Ph.D., Cornell University, Economic Anthropology
M.A., Cornell University, Anthropology
B.A., Hampshire College, Social Studies