Stanford Business School Names Jonathan Levin as New Dean
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Stanford University’s business school named economist Jonathan Levin as its new dean, following his predecessor’s resignation last fall.
Mr. Levin, a professor of economics, will assume duties as dean of the Graduate School of Business beginning Sept. 1, according to a university statement Monday.
Mr. Levin, 43 years old, succeeds Garth Saloner, who announced in September he would step down from his post as dean in the face of a lawsuit from a former professor alleging that he was wrongfully terminated and subjected to harassment by the dean, who had begun a romantic relationship with his wife. Mr. Saloner had served as dean since 2009.
Mr. Levin joined the Stanford faculty in 2000 and chaired its Department of Economics from 2011 to 2014, according to the school. Mr. Levin specializes in the field of industrial organization, the school said, and holds appointments at the GSB and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
John Etchemendy, provost of Stanford, said in the statement that Mr. Levin has a “deep understanding of both the academic enterprise and the workings of industry and government.”
In his comments in the school statement, Mr. Levin emphasized an approach that would marry theory and practice. “It will be an honor to join such a committed, dedicated faculty and to support their mission of applying both academic rigor and real-world relevance to their research,” he said.
Perhaps the gene for university administration runs in the family: A Stanford spokeswoman confirmed Mr. Levin is a son of Rick Levin, who was president of Yale University from 1993 to 2013 and is now chief executive of online-course platform Coursera Inc.
May 24, 2016