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New leadership appointments
University Business, Feb 2012
Soumitra Dutta
Soumitra Dutta

Soumitra Dutta will be the first dean of a major U.S. business school hired from a b-school outside the country when he starts his position as 11th dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University on July 1. He is a professor of business and technology and founder and faculty director of a new media and technology innovation lab at INSEAD, one of the top-ranked business schools worldwide, with campuses in Fontainebleau, France; Singapore; and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Joseph Thomas is stepping down from the post after a five-year term. The shift will coincide with construction of Cornell’s NYC tech campus.

Rodney Erickson, who began leading Penn State on Nov. 9, 2011, has signed an employment contract with the university that runs through June 30, 2014. The institution’s 17th president, he succeeded Graham B. Spanier, who was fired during the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Lauren Robel, former dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has been interim provost for the university’s Bloomington campus, since January 31 when Karen Hanson became senior vice president and provost at the University of Minnesota.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has named Peter A. Blake director. He was interim director since April 2011 and was previously vice chancellor of workforce development services for the Virginia Community College System and the state’s secretary of education under Gov. Mark Warner.

Joel Bloom will lead New Jersey Institute of Technology in a permanent position after serving as interim president since November 2011. He formerly served as vice president for academic and student services for 21 years before replacing Robert Altenkirch, who is now president of the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

Effective January 15, Michael P. Archibald is vice president of institutional advancement at Scripps College (Calif.).

The California Institute of Technology has named Brian K. Lee as its new vice president for development and institute relations.

Emmanuel Ago has been named assistant vice president for student life at Manhattan College (N.Y.).