Brent Chrite

Brent Chrite, PhD


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Biography at a Glance

Dr. Elrie LaBrent “Brent” Chrite is the 16th dean of the Daniels College of Business.

Throughout his career, Dr. Chrite has been actively involved in academic leadership, research, teaching and technical assistance engagements in emerging and transition markets around the world. He has worked extensively with business leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs in an effort to harness the energy and the dynamism of the private sector toward the alleviation of poverty and the investment in human capital. Dr. Chrite has led research and development projects in dozens of countries in sub Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. 

Chrite previously served as dean of the Montclair State University School of Business in New Jersey. In that role Chrite led a four-pronged, comprehensive transformation of the school which resulted in a 40 percent increase in graduate enrollments, new dual degree global partnerships, a new executive MBA program, the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship, and a record level of private giving to the school.

Prior to Montclair, Chrite was associate dean and Gemelli Faculty Fellow at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. While in that position, he had leadership responsibility for the MBA program and created on campus dual degree programs with medicine and engineering. Chrite also developed successful executive education programs for both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. Between 2000 and 2003, Chrite served as assistant dean for global development at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School. Early in his career he taught in the Middle East, Mexico, Russia, Uzbekistan, and throughout Africa.


  • PhD, Management, 1998, University of Michigan
  • MS, Health Care Administration: Major in Finance, 1985, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA, Community Health Services, 1983, Michigan State University

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