Cornell’s Johnson School Appoints Mark Nelson as New Dean

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The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University has appointed Mark Nelson, an internationally recognized scholar and member of the Johnson faculty since 1990, as its 12th dean, effective July 1st. Nelson succeeds Soumitra Dutta, who will continue to serve as dean of the newly formed College of Business.

An expert in accounting, Nelson has conducted research examining psychological and economic factors that influence how people make decisions; interpret and apply accounting, auditing and tax regulations; and trade in financial markets.

Nelson’s teaching has focused on intermediate accounting, including MBA courses at Johnson as well as undergraduate courses at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

“I’m excited to help Johnson and the College of Business flourish,” Nelson said in a statement announcing the news. “We’re all in this together for the long term, and by supporting each other and collaborating on teaching and research, we can do more collectively than any of us could do on our own.”

Nelson will report to Dutta, who said he will make an excellent dean and has the support and respect of the Johnson faculty. “Mark is not only ideally equipped to lead Johnson at this complicated and exciting time, but it is clear that he will contribute tremendously to the success of the College of Business, as well,” said Dutta.

Nelson served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2007 to 2010, overseeing the school’s tenure-track faculty and research.

“I’m enormously grateful for the opportunities that were given to me when I joined this campus and in the last 26 years as a member of this community,” Nelson said. “When you have the opportunity to give back and make a difference at a place that you love, you take it.”

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