Eminent Indian-origin academician Srikant Datar has been named as Dean of Harvard Enterprise College, succeeding Nitin Nohria and changing into the second consecutive dean hailing from India to guide the distinguished 112-year-old establishment.
Datar, an alumnus of College of Bombay and Indian Institute of Administration, Ahmedabad, is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Enterprise Administration and the senior affiliate dean for College Affairs at Harvard Enterprise College (HBS).
He’ll assume cost as the college’s subsequent dean on January 1, President Larry Bacow stated.
Bacow described Datar as an “progressive educator, a distinguished scholar, and a deeply skilled tutorial chief.”
“He’s a number one thinker about the way forward for enterprise schooling, and he has just lately performed a vital position in HBS’s inventive response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has served with distinction in a variety of management positions over his almost 25 years at HBS, whereas additionally forging novel collaborations with different Harvard Colleges,” Bacow stated.
Datar stated he’s in equal measures “humbled and honoured” to tackle the brand new position.
“Harvard Enterprise College is an establishment with a outstanding legacy of affect in analysis, schooling, and follow. But the occasions of the previous 12 months have hastened our passage to an unexpected future,” he stated, including that he appears ahead to working with colleagues and mates of the college to understand “our mission in what undoubtedly might be an thrilling new period.”
Datar will develop into the 11th dean within the enterprise college historical past.
He’ll succeed Nohria, who final November introduced his plans to conclude his deanship on the finish of June 2020, after 10 years of service.
Nohria had agreed to proceed by way of this December in view of the pandemic, an announcement posted on the Harvard Gazette web site stated.
Datar acquired his bachelor’s diploma, with distinction, from the College of Bombay in 1973.
A chartered accountant, he went on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in enterprise administration from the Indian Institute of Administration, Ahmedabad, earlier than finishing grasp’s levels in statistics and economics and a Ph.D.in enterprise from Stanford College.
From 1984 to 1989, he was an assistant professor after which affiliate professor on the Carnegie Mellon Graduate College of Industrial Administration, the place he was honoured with the George Leland Bach Instructing Award.
From 1989 to 1996, he served on the school of the Stanford Graduate College of Enterprise, the place he rose to develop into the Littlefield Professor of Accounting and Administration and was recognised with the college’s Distinguished Instructing Award.
The assertion added that as a local of India who has travelled extensively on the HBS’s behalf, Datar brings a broad worldwide perspective to his work.
He has offered his analysis to audiences of teachers and executives in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
He has led discussions and workshops on administration schooling on a number of continents, has written quite a few papers and instances centered on enterprises primarily based overseas, and is school co-chair of the HBS Senior Govt Program–Africa, which was launched in 2016 and has since supplied applications for executives in South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana, and Mauritius.
He additionally serves on the governing physique of the Indian Institute of Administration, Calcutta.
The assertion stated that since becoming a member of the HBS school in 1996, Datar has held a sequence of key positions, as the college’s senior affiliate dean liable for school recruiting, for school improvement, for government schooling, for analysis, and at present for College affairs.
He has served since 2015 as school chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs, or i-lab.
Most just lately, he has been intensively engaged in envisioning and implementing the progressive hybrid instructing and studying mannequin that HBS has adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the assertion stated.
Bacow added that Datar will come to the deanship with a broad worldwide perspective, a long time of shut engagement with enterprise follow, and a robust dedication to constructing an more and more numerous and inclusive HBS neighborhood.
“He’s additionally a heat, beneficiant, and considerate colleague and mentor — somebody whose management expertise, intimate data of HBS, deep devotion to the establishment, and expertise for catalysing constructive change all promise to serve the College and the College effectively, at a pivotal second for enterprise schooling.”
Nohria stated Datar is an “excellent selection” as Harvard Enterprise College’s subsequent dean and he has thought deeply in regards to the challenges and alternatives going through administration schooling, and has a confirmed file of collaboration, innovation, and management — not solely inside HBS, however throughout Harvard and at different organisations.
Co-author of a number of books, Datar performed a key position in launching each the M.S.-M.B.A. in biotechnology and life sciences (with the College of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical College) and the M.S.-M.B.A. in engineering sciences (with the Harvard Paulson College of Engineering and Utilized Sciences) joint diploma applications.
Datar at present serves on the boards of corporations comparable to Novartis and T-Cell US.
Based in 1908, the Enterprise College is situated on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its school of greater than 200 provide full-time applications resulting in the M.B.A. and doctoral levels, in addition to greater than 70 open-enrollment executive-education applications and 55 customized applications, and Harvard Enterprise College On-line, the digital-learning platform.