CAMBRIDGE, Mass., August 28, 2007 — David C. Schmittlein will become the eighth dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, effective mid-October, after nearly three decades at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he was responsible for a wide range of academic programs and active collaborations with business and other partners.
Schmittlein, 52, the son of a newspaper compositor whose parents still live in his hometown of Northampton, MA, said his appointment “is both a homecoming and the honor of my life. No school of management in the world has a greater history of association with ideas that matter and with the kind of thought leadership that can transform both businesses and economies than MIT Sloan. That's a position I respect and am committed to enhancing.”
“MIT Sloan and the new dean are a great match” said Susan Hockfield, president of MIT. “David Schmittlein has the vision and experience to understand the state of management education today and where it needs to go in the years ahead. In his new role, he will be able to draw on strengths across the Institute to take management education to the next level in MIT's environment of innovation.”
MIT Provost Rafael Reif said, “I am delighted that Dean Schmittlein has agreed to join us as the next Dean of MIT Sloan. Dean Schmittlein has a wealth of experience with many of the program areas in which MIT Sloan is active, including collaborations with business schools in China and elsewhere. He is well prepared to lead MIT Sloan and enhance MIT's role as one of the world's most important sources for thought leadership in innovation.”
One of his top priorities, said Schmittlein, “is to enhance MIT Sloan's visibility and engagement with leaders of the business community, regionally and globally, especially among the school's alumni. MIT Sloan should be a wonderful focal point for the professional lives and development of Sloan alumni and others in the broader MIT community who are engaged in business and innovation.”
Larry Fish, chairman of Citizens Financial Group and RBS America and co-chair of the MIT Sloan Dean Search Committee, said he plans to immediately begin working with the new dean to help integrate him into the Boston and New England business community. “David will be a valuable asset for engaging MIT Sloan's alumni, as well as the business community and the global community in the school's programs and initiative,” said Fish.
Fish, who has agreed to join the MIT Sloan Visiting Committee, noted Schmittlein's extensive background in such outreach at Wharton, “which, along with Harvard Business School, is the gold standard for external engagement.”
Schmittlein, whose academic expertise is in marketing, succeeds Richard Schmalensee as John C Head III Dean. Schmalensee is returning to the MIT Sloan faculty after nearly nine years as dean, during which he oversaw a variety of new programs and paved the way for a landmark new campus for Sloan, which is now under construction.
“Thanks to Dick Schmalensee, we can contemplate a new era for MIT Sloan,” said Prof. Gabriel Bitran, co-chair of the search committee that recommended Schmittlein. “When we began our search, our criteria called for a person who could take the school to a new stage.”
Schmittlein, who served as Deputy Dean for The Wharton School, from 2000 to 2007 and was Interim Dean for the month of July, 2007, joined that school's faculty in 1980 after receiving a PhD. and M.Phil. in Business from Columbia University and a BA in Mathematics (magna cum laude) from Brown University.