The Wharton School, which had been operating without a full-time director of admissions since Thomas Caleel stepped down last summer, has just named Jonathan “J.J.” Cutler its new director of MBA admissions and financial aid.
Cutler, a Wharton alum (Class of 1997), doesn’t appear to have much of a background in the education space, but has strong ties to Penn and has an impressive background in marketing and general management. Most recently, he had served as President and COO of Lindi Skin, a start-up offering skin care products specifically designed for people with cancer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Aramark Healthcare’s North American group. Before that he spent seven years in a variety of roles at Johnson & Johnson, where he was heavily involved at MBA recruiting at Wharton.
Since it took more than six months for Wharton to find J.J. Cutler, we can only assume that they took their time to find just the right candidate to fill Thomas Caleel’s shoes. We are actually quite impressed that the administration clearly “thought outside the box” and went for someone outside of the traditional education and admissions spaces. We wish J.J. the best of luck in managing Wharton’s hectic admissions process.