Gary Giamartino is out as dean of the business school at LaSalle University, President Colleen Hanycz told insiders at the Philadelphia college in a note today. La Salle is run by the Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order.

Giamartino joined La Salle as dean and management professor in mid-2013, before Hanycz took over as the university's top executive. She cut tuition in a bid to attract more students from among the region's shrinking pool of high school graduates, and also cut support staff in an effort to balance the school's finances.

Hanycz wrote that she felt "mixed emotions" at Giamartino's decision to leave "in order to pursue other professional opportunities."   She credited him with securing the business school's reaccreditation, moving the school to its new headquarters at Founders' Hall, expanding "entrepreneurship education," fundraising efforts, and getting the school listed by Princeton Review among America's "Best Business Schools." 

Provost Brian Goldstein will head "an international search" to replace Giamartino, both on an interim basis, and permanently, the president concluded.