Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business

Anil K. Makhija serves as dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Makhija is recognized as an expert in the field of finance, particularly capital structure, corporate governance and valuation, and has more than 20 years of experience in academic leadership roles.

Prior to his appointment to dean in October 2014, Makhija served as senior associate dean at Fisher. He has served on the faculty of the business college since 1998 and has held the Dean’s Distinguished Professorship and the David A. Rismiller Professorship in Finance. He chaired Fisher’s Department of Finance and served as an associate dean of executive education programs where he was responsible for the development of Fisher’s top-ranked Executive MBA program. He also played a key leadership role in the development of the GE Capital-funded National Center for the Middle Market, serving as the center’s academic director. 

Makhija previously served as associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, where was on the business faculty for more than 15 years. In addition, he has had short visiting faculty appointments at respected institutions in Korea, Hong Kong, India, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and Chile.

Makhija is a widely published and highly respected researcher as well as the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Pace Setters Daniel Westerbeck Teaching Excellence Award — the highest teaching honors bestowed by, respectively, Ohio State and Fisher College of Business. Makhija has led and participated in consulting and executive development programs for dozens of leading companies in the U.S. and in countries across the globe, and has been a featured expert in outlets such as the The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek, among many others. He has served as an expert witness in public utility commission, law court, and FASB proceedings.

He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.