Srikant Datar has been named as new Dean of Harvard Business School
Indian-origin academician and economist Srikant Datar, who is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, has now been appointed the new Dean of the Harvard Business School. He will assume this position from January 1, 2021.
Datar will become the 11th dean in the Business School’s 112-year history. He will succeed Nitin Nohria, who last November announced his plans to conclude his deanship at the end of June 2020, after 10 years of distinguished service, but agreed to continue through this December in view of the pandemic.
Harvard President Larry Bacow said, “Srikant Datar as an innovative educator, a distinguished scholar, and a deeply experienced academic leader. He also said that Datar is a leading thinker about the future of business education. He is a leading thinker about the future of business education, and he has recently played an essential role in HBS’s creative response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Larry further said that Datar has served with distinction in a range of leadership positions over his nearly 25 years at HBS, while also forging novel collaborations with other Harvard Schools.
Srikant Datar completed his graduation from the University of Bombay in 1973 and assumed a career as a chartered accountant. He then received his postgraduate diploma in business management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
He then completed his master’s degrees in statistics and economics and a Ph.D. in business from Stanford University. He was an assistant professor and then associate professor at the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration from 1984 to 1989, where he was honoured with the George Leland Bach Teaching Award.
Currently, he is serving on a governing body of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.