Indian-Origin Dean Of Harvard Business School To Step Down in June Harvard Business School announced Wednesday that Dean Nitin Nohria will step down in June 2020.

Mr. Nohria is the school’s 10th dean and has held the position for 10 years. According to a statement posted on Harvard Business School’s website, he will take a sabbatical beginning in June. Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow said the search for Mr. Nohria’s successor would begin soon but gave no indication of who it might be.

Mr. Nohria joined the faculty of Harvard Business School in 1988, after earning a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his tenure as dean, the school launched Harvard Business School Online, a digital learning platform, and created two joint-degree programs, the Masters in Science/Masters in Business Administration in Engineering Sciences and the MS/M.B.A. in Biotechnology: Life Sciences. The school also expanded its Doctor of Business Administration degree into a Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Several other top-tier business schools have changed management recently, with new deans appointed at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, the Yale School of Management, Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Others, such as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, are still looking for new leadership.

Harvard and other highly ranked M.B.A. programs have struggled in recent years to attract the same level of applicants as they did in the past. The U.S. job market is on a hot streak and taking two years out of the workforce—and taking out six-figure loans to finance the graduate degree—is less appealing to many millennials than it was to prior generations.

“Ten years gave us a good run to make progress on our ‘Five I’ priorities,” Mr. Nohria wrote in a message to the Harvard community posted on Harvard Business School’s website, referring to the school’s emphasis on innovation, intellectual ambition, internationalization, inclusion and integration. “A decade for HBS’s tenth dean seems an appropriate duration for this chapter in the School’s history.”

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