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Vishal Gaur named new dean of Johnson School

Gaur will take charge as dean from July 1, 2023, succeeding Mark W Nelson.

Professor Vishal Gaur (Image: Cornell University)

Indian American professor Vishal Gaur has been named the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Andrew Karolyi, Dean of Cornell SC Johnson College of Business announced the appointment on May 5, 2023.

According to the University statement, Gaur will take charge as dean from July 1, 2023, succeeding Mark W Nelson, and will serve as a member of Karolyi's College Leadership Team. At present, the IIM graduate teaches Strategic Operations in an MBA immersion course.

“Vishal has demonstrated his outstanding commitment to the Johnson School time and again, as a distinguished scholar, as an award-winning educator, and especially as an effective leader,” Karolyi said.

Gaur, an IIT-Delhi alumnus, said, "The Johnson School is a leader in graduate business education and scholarship. I am excited to work towards the mission of the school." He stated that the association of Johnson School and SC Johnson College have driven new opportunities for faculty research, teaching and collaboration. Gaur joined the university in 2007 and has served as an associate dean for MBA programs between 2014-2019 at the Johnson School.

During his period, he launched the Digital Technology Immersion offering skills in n coding, databases and advanced analytics to MBA and MPS candidates in data science and applied statistics. “The creation of these programs represents Vishal’s forward-thinking leadership, which will continue to serve students well into the future,” Karolyi said.

Gaur's research on data-driven analysis in supply chains, retailing, e-commerce and market space received the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society in 2006. He completed his BTech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1993 and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad in 1995. He earned his PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Gaur has bagged the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022, Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020 and three Johnson School’s Core Faculty Awards.