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Dr. Schmittlein: Dean of Sloan at MIT
October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8


Dr. David C. Schmittlein, Ira A. Lipman Professor, and professor of marketing at Wharton, has been appointed John C. Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, effective yesterday. Dr. Schmittlein had served as Wharton’s interim dean during July, and has served as the School’s deputy dean from 2000-2007. He also served as chair of the editorial board for Wharton School Publishing. He taught marketing at Wharton for nearly three decades.

He became the eighth dean of the 55-year-old Sloan School and the first since 1966 to be recruited from outside MIT. He replaces Richard Schmalensee, who stepped down in June to return to teaching after nine years. The appointment comes three months after MIT broke ground on a 210,000-square-foot headquarters building facing the Charles River in Cambridge amid plans to expand its size and raise its profile.

Sloan, with 101 faculty members and 750 full-time MBA students, is about half the size of Wharton, which has 212 faculty members and 1,500 full-time MBA students. Dr. Schmittlein said he would like to increase Sloan’s faculty by at least 10 percent, and the student body by more than 10 percent, as the campus expands.


Almanac - October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8