IIT alumnus named Dean of Cornell`s biz school

IIT-Delhi alumnus Soumitra Dutta has been named the new Dean of the Ivy league Cornell University`s business school.

Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 12:08 PM IST

New York: IIT-Delhi alumnus Soumitra Dutta
has been named the new Dean of the Ivy league Cornell
University`s business school, joining a growing list of noted
Indian-origin academicians assuming leaderships roles at
prestigious global universities.

Dutta, 48, is the first Indian-origin dean at the 66-year
old Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.
He will become the 11th dean of the New York-based
Cornell University`s business school when he begins his
renewable five-year term on July 1.

He is currently a professor of business and technology
and founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology
innovation lab at INSEAD`s French campus, where he has been
for more than 20 years.

Johnson becomes the first major business school in the
United States to hire a dean from a business school outside
the country.
Cornell President David Skortan termed Dutta`s
appointment as a "natural fit" with Johnson`s increasingly
global outlook.

Dutta "has expertise in new and emerging media, he has
studied the conditions that promote innovation and he has
extensive experience on the international stage. Among other
qualities, these prepare him well to oversee the education of
our next-generation business leaders and entrepreneurs,"
Skortan said.

The University`s Provost Kent Fuchs said Cornell used
recruiting firm Spencer Stuart and a 12-person search
committee comprising alumni, students and administrators to
select the new dean.

Dutta emerged the winner out of the two finalists. Dutta
received his Bachelor`s degree in electrical engineering and
computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and
did his Master`s in business administration, computer science
and a PhD in computer science from the University of
California-Berkeley.

"This appointment is an exciting opportunity for me, in
part because of Johnson`s commitment to global perspectives,
entrepreneurship and innovation, and business sustainability,
but also because as an early adopter of approaches such as
performance learning, the school itself exemplifies innovative
thinking in business," Dutta said.

Indian-origin academicians are increasingly being named
at the helm of prestigious universities in the US.
In 2010, Harvard Business School named as its Dean Nitin
Nohria, who became the first Indian-origin head of the top
ranking business school. In the same year, University of
Chicago`s Booth School of Business had named Stanford
University professor Sunil Kumar as its Dean.

Cornell University recently won Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s
competition to open a USD 100 million New York City
engineering and applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island in
partnership with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

PTI