Kellogg Names Interim Dean

Kellogg's Sunil ChopraNorthwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has named an interim dean of the school following dean Dipak C. Jain’s recent announcement of his plans to step down.

Sunil Chopra, currently the senior associate dean for curriculum and teaching, will begin his appointment as interim dean effective September 1, 2009, Provost Daniel I. Linzer announced Tuesday. Chopra, who joined Kellogg in 1989, is also the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management at Kellogg.

“Sunil brings a deep understanding of the school, an outstanding record of scholarship and significant administrative experience,” Linzer said. “We will soon begin a national search for a successor to Dean Dipak Jain, who will step down September 1. I am confident that Kellogg will continue to flourish under Sunil’s leadership as interim dean while we conduct the search.”

Chopra has been Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Teaching since August 2006. In that position, he is responsible for planning the curriculum, teaching needs and other student activities for the Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA programs. Prior to coming to Kellogg, Chopra was an Assistant Professor at the Stern School of Business Administration at New York University. He has a PhD in Operations Research from SUNY Stony Brook.

“Kellogg has a strong commitment to excellence based on its culture of collaboration and innovation among its faculty, students, alumni and staff,” Chopra said. “I look forward to building on this vibrant environment where we partner with our students to develop global leaders who make contributions of lasting significance and faculty continue to do path breaking research and develop new pedagogy.”

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