Indian-American Dean of Harvard Business School delays stepping down in midst of virus

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Dean of Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria (Photo HBS.edu)

The Harvard Business School announced its Indian-American Dean Nitin Nohria, has agreed to delay his departure till the end of the year so as to ensure stability in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Harvard University President Larry Bacow announced March 20, 2020, that Nohria who was scheduled to leave end of June after ten years of leading the premier institution, was now going to postpone taking his year-long sabbatical to Dec. 31.

“We are very fortunate to have the sustained benefit of Nitin’s keen judgment, deep experience, and steady hand as we navigate the unprecedented circumstances now before us,” Bacow wrote in a letter to the HBS community according to the university news and announcements website, The Harvard Gazette.

Nohria is credited with bringing in radical changes and improvements to the business school upon his appointment in 2010, launching the Harvard Business School Online, the Harvard i-Lab, curriculum changes and overseeing a $1.4 billion capital campaign and improving residential halls including Tata Hall.

On the faculty of HBS since 1988, Nohria aptly taught courses in leadership and organizational behavior. A graduate in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1984, Nohria received his Ph.D. in management in 1988 from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

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