Final Report of the Consultative Committee on the Selection of a Dean of the Wharton School

The Wharton School Dean Search Committee was convened by President Judith Rodin and Interim Provost Michael Wachter on November 17, 1998. Members of the committee were: Elijah Anderson (Charles and William L. Day Professor of Social Science); Gary Hack, Chair (Dean and Paley Professor, Graduate School of Fine Arts); William F. Hamilton (Ralph Landau Professor of Management and Technology and Director, Management and Technology Program); Jon M. Huntsman (Chairman and CEO, Huntsman Corporation); Richard E. Kihlstrom (Miller-Freedman Professor of Finance); Stephen J. Kobrin (William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management and Director, Lauder Institute); Abba Krieger (Professor of Statistics, Operation and Information Management, and Marketing); Joanne Lobo (undergraduate student); Rebecca Maynard (Trustee Professor of Education and Director, Educational Leadership Division, Graduate School of Education); Michael L. Tarnopol (Vice Chairman, Bear Stearns and Co., Inc.); Elizabeth Woodcock (MBA student); and Rebecca Trumbull (secretary to the committee). Patrick T. Harker (Deputy Dean, The Wharton School) served on the committee through October 1999 when other members of the committee requested that he consider becoming a candidate for dean. He resigned from the committee and was subsequently interviewed for the position.

To best understand the issues and challenges facing the Wharton School, the committee consulted widely with students, faculty, alumni, and members of the administration. The goal of the committee was to find a dean who could provide the intellectual vision and leadership necessary to lead the school into the next century in a manner that will maintain and strengthen its academic excellence in education and research. The committee sought candidates with impeccable scholarly and administrative credentials, keen intellect, integrity and the broad knowledge necessary to lead the school as it enters this time of significant change in the field. The search focused on identifying a chief academic officer of the school who could be responsible for all educational programs, research activities, planning, budgeting, development and faculty appointments. The committee was especially interested in engaging candidates who could support the innovative inter- and multi-disciplinary programs currently underway within the school and across schools in the University.

The committee solicited nominations from Wharton faculty, students, and alumni. Advertisements were placed in The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Economist, Black Issues in Higher Education, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times.

In addition, the search firms of Spencer Stuart and Heidrick and Struggles were engaged to assist the committee in identifying candidates. In all, the committee met 45 times and reviewed the credentials of 213 candidates, 18 of whom were women, seven were identified as minorities, and 11 were faculty members of the school.

A total of 21 individuals were interviewed. At the completion of this process, and after careful deliberation, the committee submitted a set of recommendations to the president and provost, who subsequently announced the appointment of Patrick T. Harker. Dr. Harker, who earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, has recently served as the Interim Dean and Deputy Dean for the school. Prior to that, as UPS Professor of Transportation, he served as chair of the Department of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School. Dr. Harker is also an outstanding teacher and received the David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Undergraduate Division of the Wharton School. The appointment will be submitted to the Trustees of the University for final approval on February 18, 2000.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 21, February 15, 2000