New Appointments to Tuck’s Academic Leadership

In a letter to the Tuck community, Dean Matthew J. Slaughter announced exciting new changes to Tuck’s academic leadership.

Central to Tuck’s mission of educating wise leaders to better the world of business is delivering the promise of a personal, connected, and transformative learning experience for each of its students.

“We achieve our mission through three important ways,” wrote Dean Matthew Slaughter in a letter to the Tuck community, “through faculty research whose rigor and relevance creates new knowledge; through exceptional teaching, in the MBA classroom and across all of our offerings; and by advancing Tuck’s culture of innovation and continuous improvement.”

With this in mind, Slaughter today announced three new appointments to Tuck’s academic leadership:

Brian Tomlin will be charged with supporting the research and professional development of Tuck faculty at all career stages. Among his responsibilities, Tomlin will work with the Area Chairs to provide mentorship and support to Tuck’s pre-tenure faculty, post-tenure faculty, and clinical faculty colleagues, and with the Deans’ Office and others to enhance the research culture at Tuck; recruit new faculty; and oversee the promotion and tenure process. Tomlin will also partner closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning to coordinate faculty teaching in the MBA program, and with Deputy Dean Punam Keller in the coordination of faculty teaching in other Tuck programs. Both Academic Operations and Research Computing will report to Tomlin as part of his new role.

Tomlin is a gifted scholar and teacher who brings a wealth of experience to his role as senior associate dean. His research explores operations strategy and supply chain management, with a focus in the areas of supply chain risk and process innovation. Brian has published widely in leading academic journals and in practice-focused outlets alike. He is also a past president of the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society and currently serves as a department editor at the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management journal. Prior to becoming an academic, Brian worked full time for a number of companies, including General Electric and the Boston Consulting Group.

Joseph Hall will serve as the faculty champion to support Tuck’s long-held goal of excellence in teaching and learning. Hall will work with the Deputy Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in maximizing faculty contribution to the MBA program. Hall will similarly partner with Associate Dean for the MBA Program Sally Jaeger on all aspects of the MBA program, while representing the faculty perspective with the MBA Program Office and the student perspective with our Tuck faculty. Reporting to Hall as part of his new role are our TuckGO, center, and teaching fellows teams.

Long regarded as one of Tuck’s most effective teachers, both in the MBA classroom and across our portfolio of non-degree programs, Hall’s skillful teaching and passion for learning have benefitted countless students since he joined Tuck in 2000. Hall’s courses are regularly among the most highly ranked by MBA students, who recognized him with the Class of 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Participants in offerings like Next Step and our vibrant Diversity Business Programs hold Hall in similarly high regard, praising him for his engaging style and ability to make complex concepts accessible.

Reporting to Dean Slaughter, Kevin Lane Keller will work with colleagues across Tuck to ensure the strategic alignment, growth, and financial viability of new non-MBA programs and innovations of existing non-MBA programs, as well as work to sharpen its marketing and branding efforts. In this role, Keller will partner with the Deputy Dean to identify, pilot, and scale investments outside the MBA program and with the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research to coordinate teaching across all programs. Keller will also work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning to infuse learning innovations across all Tuck programs. As part of his new role, Tuck Communications, Tuck Executive Education, and the dynamic Next Step, Master of Health Care Delivery Science, and Master of Engineering Management programs will all report to Keller.

An international leader in the study of marketing and brand strategy with more than 90 published papers, Keller’s research has been widely cited and has received numerous awards. His textbook, Strategic Brand Management, has been adopted by top business schools and leading firms around the world. Keller is also the co-author, with Philip Kotler, of the bestselling introductory MBA marketing textbook of all time, Marketing Management. Since joining Tuck in 1998, MBA students and Executive Education participants alike have benefitted from Keller’s wisdom, as have many of the world’s most successful brands to which Keller has served as a consultant and advisor.

Dean Slaughter also announced the appointment of Erin Tunnicliffe T’97 to Associate Dean for Advancement, effective July 1.

Continuing to report to Dean Slaughter, Tunnicliffe in this new Deans’ Office role will partner closely with fellow deans in connecting fundraising endeavors to opportunities emerging from innovations across the school in curriculum, programs, and activities, including enhancements to our foundational first-year core curriculum. Tunnicliffe will also lead new efforts to connect alumni even more to new developments across all Tuck programs and to each other through technology; and she will continue to set the overall direction for Tuck Advancement—overseeing all facets of fundraising, department operations, and alumni engagement, including the engagement of our alumni board and councils.

The Tuck of today and the Tuck of tomorrow owes much to Tunnicliffe, whose skillful leadership of the Tuck Difference campaign and Tuck’s advancement efforts more broadly has allowed us to chart a bold course for the future. Under Tunnicliffe, Tuck has increased the reach and impact of its Tuck alumni network, and achieved new heights in alumni support, a measure that sets Tuck apart and contributes directly to its thriving as an institution.

Lastly, Dean Slaughter announced refined roles for both Deputy Dean Punam Keller and Associate Dean for the MBA Program Sally Jaeger.

Senior Associate Dean for Research Innovation Connie Helfat will be continuing her important work of advancing the research environment and profile of the Tuck School. Continuing to report to Dean Slaughter, Helfat will work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research to support both individual faculty colleagues and the faculty overall.