Last week, the Stanford Graduate School of Business announced that Garth Saloner will be its next dean, succeeding Robert Joss, who has served as dean for the past 10 years. Saloner’s appointment is effective September 1, 2009.
Saloner joined the Stanford faculty in 1990, and is currently the Jeffrey S. Skoll Professor of Electronic Commerce, Strategic Management and Economics. He also serves at director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business. Saloner led the overhaul of Stanford’s MBA curriculum, making this a natural transition as the school seeks to maintain leadership continuity.
“Over nearly two decades at Stanford, Garth Saloner has demonstrated that he is not only a top-notch scholar, but also a respected leader among his peers and distinguished teacher highly-praised by his students,” President John Hennessy said in the school’s official announcement. “His scholarship in the areas of entrepreneurship and electronic commerce is particularly pertinent to our times and the global economy.”
Saloner identified some of the challenges that he will face in his new role:
“The Stanford GSB has the opportunity to prepare future generations of principled critical analytical thinkers whose actions can change the world. Through our research, we will continue to develop the intellectual underpinnings of management and we will embody that knowledge in our teaching. From our sustainable new management center on the Stanford campus we will promote the free-flow of students, faculty, and ideas across disciplines and schools as we develop management knowledge and business leaders for the 21st century.”