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Nitin Nohria, Srikant Datar
Chidanand Rajghatta, October 10, 2020: The Times of India
Harvard Business School named Srikant Datar as its next dean, succeeding another Indian-American Nitin Nohria. Datar, who is currently the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and the senior associate dean for university affairs at HBS, will take over on January 1.
“Srikant Datar is an innovative educator, a distinguished scholar, and a deeply experienced academic leader,” HBS president Larry Bacow said in announcing the appointment. “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.
Datar will be the 11th dean in the Business School’s 112-year history, and it is the first time HBS will have back-to-back Indian-American deans. HBS said Nitin Nohria, who last November announced his plans to conclude his deanship at the end of June 2020 after 10 years of distinguished service, had agreed to continue through this December in view of the pandemic. Datar received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Bombay in 1973. A chartered accountant, he went on to receive a postgraduate diploma in business management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, before completing master’s degrees in statistics (1983) and economics (1984) and a Ph.D. in business (1985), all from Stanford University.