Tuck Associate Dean M. Eric Johnson Named Dean of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2013
Contact: Kim Keating, 603-646-2733

M. Eric Johnson, Tuck’s associate dean for the MBA program, has been named the new dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. He will begin work in Nashville July 1, pending approval by Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust.

“On behalf of the Tuck community, I’d like to congratulate Eric on this wonderful new opportunity,” said Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School. “During his time at Tuck Eric was truly an academic leader at the school and an outstanding teacher.  He has been much beloved by students for his flair in the classroom and dedication to their personal transformation and by faculty and staff for his collegiality and wisdom."

At Tuck, Johnson was also the faculty director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration. He is also known for hosting large gatherings of students at his home during Thanksgiving and his annual holiday list of top tech toys, which is widely covered in the media.

“The Tuck community is unparalleled: the relationships with students, faculty, and staff have made the past 14 years the best in my professional life,” said Johnson. “Like this year’s graduating students, it is time for me to take all that I have learned, along with a little of the Tuck spirit, out into the world. I hope to return many times to the Upper Valley to see old friends, enjoy the beauty of New Hampshire, and once again feel the spirit of Tuck. ”

Johnson’s research and teaching examines the effects of information technology on business and industries.  His most recent book, The Economics of Financial and Medical Identity Theft, analyzes the forces that drive identity theft. He holds patents on interface design and has testified before Congress on information security.

“The return of Eric Johnson to Vanderbilt marks the start of an exciting new era at the Owen Graduate School of Management,” said Vanderbilt Provost Richard McCarty, in a press release from the school. “Eric is one of the leading scholars of supply chains and the impact of information technology on corporations. He is also a proven leader whose record of accomplishments at Dartmouth is enviable by any measure.”

Prior to joining Tuck, he spent eight years at Owen, including three as a tenured associate professor of operations management. In the private sector, he has worked for Corvette America Inc., Packard Electric Co., Systems Modeling Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Co.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and economics and a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University.

Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck remains distinctive among the world's great business schools by combining human scale with global reach, rigorous coursework with experiences requiring teamwork, and valued traditions with innovation.

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