Cornell begins ‘a new era of business education’

By Susan Kelley
periodiCALS, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2016

Cornell University has begun “a new era of business education” with the launch of the College of Business on July 1, Dean Soumitra Dutta said.

The College of Business, comprising Cornell’s three accredited business schools—the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management—is now one operating college within the university’s administrative system. Also as of July 1, the deans for each of the three schools have assumed their official positions, Dutta said. 

“July 1 marks a new era of business education at Cornell. It is an exciting date in the history of Cornell but by no means completes our transformation efforts,” he said. “In the coming months, we will continue to evolve our organization to create an exemplary college while enhancing the brands of its three schools.”

Next steps include unveiling an integrated admissions portal; cross-listing courses, which will enhance students’ access to a broader range of classes across partner schools; and improving career services. In August, the college launched a brand study, and an advisory council will be established this fall. In the meantime, academic and administrative leaders will continue to develop the college. 

 “I thank everyone on campus and off who has been involved in guiding these critical formative steps for the college,” said Provost Michael Kotlikoff. “This effort has involved many faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and administrative leaders, and I am especially pleased to see the consensus developed between the schools on how we extend Cornell’s enormous impact in business education and research, and more effectively engage with many of the world’s major challenges.”