Harvard Business School Dean to Step Down

Nitin Nohria to end decade as Dean in June 2020

BOSTON, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Harvard Business School  Dean Nitin Nohria  announced today that he will step down in June 2020, concluding ten years of service as the School’s tenth Dean.

In a message to faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Nohria said the time is right for HBS to transition to new leadership. “Ten years gave us a good run to make progress on our ‘Five I’ priorities,” he noted, referring to the School-wide focus on innovation, intellectual ambition, internationalization, inclusion, and integration that has been a hallmark of his tenure. “Serving as Dean has been a privilege for which I am immensely grateful. A decade seems an appropriate duration for this chapter in the School’s history.”

Nohria, who will take a sabbatical beginning in July 2020, joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1988 after receiving his PhD from MIT. Before his appointment as Dean he served in a number of leadership roles at HBS, including as Chair of the Organizational Behavior Unit, Co-Chair of the Leadership Initiative, and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Additionally, he was a member of the curriculum design team for Leadership and Corporate Accountability, a required course introduced in 2004 to help MBA students understand their legal, ethical, and economic responsibilities as managers. A member of the Organizational Behavior Unit, he has concentrated his research on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. Nohria is a prolific scholar, with more than a dozen books to his name as well as the McKinsey Award-winning 2018 Harvard Business Review article, “How CEOs Manage Time.”

Nohria thanked Drew Faust, who served as Harvard’s President from 2007 to 2018, for her support. “I will always be grateful to Drew for her confidence in appointing me, her mentorship, and her inspirational vision for Harvard as One University,” he said. Nohria also expressed gratitude to President Larry Bacow for his leadership. “I have very much enjoyed working with Larry and laud his focus on issues of diversity and belonging—from immigration to inclusion. I have great admiration for him and confidence in the process he will lead to choose the next Dean of the School,” noted Nohria.

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