Deborah Merrill-Sands

Team Member

Dr. 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, 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) includes the leadership positions of dean, acting dean, and associate dean. While at Simmons College, she also co-founded and co-directed the Center for Gender in Organizations and served as program director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. Her research 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. In addition to her background in education, Dean Merrill-Sands has extensive experience in public service with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, World Bank, The Hague, and the United Nations. She has also consulted to for-profit, not-for-profit and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampshire College. Past board work includes the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology Board of Governors and Executive Committee in Nairobi, Kenya and secretary of the International Service for National Agricultural Research the Board of Trustees, The Hague, Netherlands.