Final Report of the Consultative Committee for the Selection of a Dean of the Wharton School
September 23, 2014, Volume 61, No. 06
The Consultative Committee for the Selection of a Dean of the Wharton School was convened by President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price on September 4, 2013. During its three months of work, the full Committee met on 12 occasions and reported its recommendations to the President and the Provost on December 3, 2013. The Committee members were:
J. Larry Jameson, Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine, Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System (PSOM)
Dolores Albarracin, Martin Fishbein Professor of Communication and Professor of Psychology (ASC/SAS)
Robert W. Holthausen, Ernst and Young Professor, The Nomura Securities Co. Professor, Professor of Accounting and Finance and Chair of the Accounting Department (Wharton)
Joao F. Gomes, Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance (Wharton)
Daniel A. Levinthal, Reginald H. Jones Professor of Corporate Management and Chair of the Management Department (Wharton)
Olivia S. Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and Professor of Insurance and Risk Management (Wharton)
Jagmohan Raju, Joseph J. Aresty Professor, Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing Department (Wharton)
Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights (Law/SAS)
Luke W. Chernosky, WG’14 (Wharton)
Ann H. Hewitt, W’14, SEAS’14 (Wharton/SEAS)
Joann Mitchell, Vice President for Institutional Affairs
Alumni and Overseer Representatives
Lee Spelman Doty, W’76 and Trustee of the University
Robert M. Levy, WG’74, Vice Chair of the Wharton School Board of Overseers and Trustee of the University
Consultants to the Committee
Jennifer Bol, Spencer Stuart
Charles L. Jordan, Spencer Stuart
Staff to the Committee
Adam P. Michaels, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President
The Committee and the consultants each conducted informational interviews and consultative meetings with individuals and groups throughout the Wharton School community, as well as many informal contacts, in order to better understand the scope, expectations and challenges of the Dean’s position and the opportunities and challenges facing Wharton in the years ahead. These consultative activities included full Committee meetings with Dean Thomas Robertson, Deputy Dean Michael Gibbons and the School’s Vice Deans and senior leadership; open meetings for Wharton faculty and staff and meetings with representative student committee; meetings of the Chair with the School’s Board of Overseers, senior leadership, faculty and administrators and staff; and extensive networking by members of the Committee with the School’s faculty and students, as well as with colleagues at other institutions. We also solicited advice and nominations from all faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School via email and reviewed a variety of documents about the School.
Based upon these conversations and materials, our initial meeting with the President and the Provost and the Committee’s own discussions, a comprehensive document was prepared outlining the scope of the position and the challenges a new Dean will face, as well as the qualities sought in a new Dean.
The vacancy was announced (and input invited from the entire Penn community) in Almanac, and the position was advertised in print and online editions of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed.com, The Economist, the American Economic Review, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, The Journal of Finance, the Journal of Marketing and Operations Research. The members of the Committee were also very energetic in soliciting and recommending the names of potential candidates.
The Committee employed Spencer Stuart’s international network and an outreach strategy that included proactive contact with all women and under-represented minority deans, deputy/vice/associate deans and department chairs at the world’s top business schools. As part of its deliberations, the Committee considered the dossiers of several hundred candidates and potential candidates, including more than 150 women and under-represented minorities. The Committee then interviewed a group of 11 semi-finalists that included two women, two African-Americans and three Asians. The four individuals recommended to the President for her consideration were selected from this group of 11 interviewed semi-finalists.
On March 17, 2014, President Gutmann announced (Almanac March 18, 2014) the selection of Dr. Geoffrey Garrett, Dean and Professor of Business in the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales in Australia, to be the next dean of the Wharton School, effective July 1, 2014. A distinguished political economist and a former faculty member in Wharton’s management department, Geoff has held positions at some of the world’s most eminent institutions, has a proven track record as an interdisciplinary scholar and strategic leader, a deep understanding of Wharton’s distinctive mission and a compelling vision for the role of business schools in an era of rapid change and globalization.
—J. Larry Jameson, Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine,
Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine,
Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Chair of the Consultative Committee for the
Selection of a Dean of the Wharton School