Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management has named M. Eric Johnson as dean effective July 1st, pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. Currently, Johnson is associate dean at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, where he has been responsible for seven research centers and initiatives as well as its top-ranked MBA program.
Johnson, who called the Owen school “a true gem among the world’s best business schools,” previously spent eight years (1991-99) at Owen, the last three as a tenured associate professor of operations management. He twice won awards for teaching excellence.
“The return of Eric Johnson to Vanderbilt marks the start of an exciting new era at the Owen Graduate School of Management,” said Provost Richard McCarty, in a press release from the school. “Eric is one of the leading scholars of supply chains and the impact of information technology on corporations. He is also a proven leader whose record of accomplishments at Dartmouth is enviable by any measure.”
Tuck School dean Paul Danos congratulated Johnson on his appointment, saying, “During his time at Tuck Eric was truly an academic leader at the school and an outstanding teacher. He has been much beloved by students for his flair in the classroom and dedication to their personal transformation and by faculty and staff for his collegiality and wisdom.”
Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt Law School and head of the search committee that selected Johnson, called his hiring a coup for Vanderbilt, as well as a testament to the strength, vitality and reputation of the Owen School.