Joe Thomas Named Interim Dean of Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson College of Business

Joe Thomas was recently appointed Interim Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business after Soumitra Dutta resigned on January 30, 2018. Thomas, who served as Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management from 2007 until 2012, will lead the college until a permanent dean is appointed.

Thomas became Professor Emeritus of operations, technology, and information management in 2016, having begun in the 60s as a professor at Cornell. He has won teaching and research awards, and has consulted with and led management education programs for Fortune 100 companies. When he was previously Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, he updated the school’s brand, oversaw growth of the Executive MBA programs, and led development of the school’s long-term strategic plan.

Thomas comments, “I’m honored to be asked to take the helm during this transition for the college, and I am committed to working closely with the college leadership team and all of the talented faculty, staff, and students in Johnson, Dyson, and the Hotel School to ensure the continued success of all three schools and the college.” He adds, “My goal is to continue to build on the college’s many successes, and carry out its mission of excellence in teaching and research. Our course is set and we are full steam ahead.”

Provost Michael Kotlikoff says, “I look forward to working with Interim Dean Thomas and the entire faculty, staff, and alumni of the Dyson School, the School of Hotel Administration, and the Johnson School to build upon the college’s many accomplishments to date to the ongoing benefit of current and future students and the college’s business partners around the world. The college has achieved so much in the past year, and I am confident that it will continue to thrive.”

The College of Business is currently particularly strong, with experienced deans leading its component schools. In addition, the college has strong alumni support, including the naming gift of $150 million, the largest gift to the Ithaca campus. The college opened the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education and has space at the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech.

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