Cornell University provost Michael Kotlikoff has accepted the resignation of Soumitra Dutta, the dean of Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business, according to a message sent to members of the College of Business community late Tuesday afternoon. The resignation is “effective immediately.”
Dutta was named Dean of Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in January 2012, and became the first dean of the new College of Business, which combined the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management under one umbrella as “a reimagined model for business education that reflects the future of business itself: flexible, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary.”
Dutta had been the first Cornell dean recruited from abroad. Before his appointment in 2012, he was a professor of business and technology and founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology innovation lab at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and had a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. He officially became dean of the College of Business on July 1st, 2016.
“The world is inherently multicultural, and a global business leader has to feel comfortable dealing with multiple languages and cultures,” Dutta told Cornell’s Ezra Magazine in 2012.
Kotlikoff’s message says Joe Thomas, who served as dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management from 2007-2012, “has agreed to serve as interim dean during the search for a permanent dean.”
“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,” Kotlikoff said in his e-mail. “The college has achieved so much in the past year, and I am confident that it will continue to thrive.”