According to The Wall Street Journal (“New Dean Named at Cornell’s Johnson School”) Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management has chosen a new dean. Soumitra Dutta, an INSEAD business and technology professor and academic director of that school’s research center for technology, innovation and new media, will begin his five-year term on July 1.
Interestingly, this new appointment was made only weeks after Cornell, in partnership with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, won the New York City campus competition. Dutta was clearly chosen for the position because his specialization in technology and innovation jives well with the new campus and the university’s overall strategy and direction. Johnson plans to have close ties with the graduate programs on the new New York campus.
Dutta plans to launch his tenure with a strategic overview of all the Johnson’s current programs. He also wants to encourage collaboration with Cornell departments on topics including health care, agriculture, sustainable development, and engineering. Additionally, Dutta is making it a priority for Johnson to expand its “global footprint, capitalizing on new technology to enhance distance learning,” not to mention his international background.
Dutta is replacing past Dean Joseph Thomas, who has chosen to return to teaching after five years as dean.
Cornell’s choice of Dr. Dutta to lead the Johnson School telegraphs (again) its priorities and plans for the future. His appointment also brings them to the forefront at the business school: More international collaboration. More focus on high tech.