This week The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School named Geoffrey Garrett as the 13th dean in the school’s history, effective July 1. Garrett, who used to serve on the Wharton faculty, currently serves as the dean of the Australian School of Business at the University of South Wales.
Garrett has made a name for himself around the globe as a passionate supporter of online education. In a recent editorial published by Financial Times, Garrett argued that the rise of massively open online courses (also known as “MOOCs”) is inevitable, and that this irresistible force will force MBA programs to change for the better. Wharton is the perfect landing spot for Garrett, since the school already makes its first-year curriculum available to everyone for free through Coursera. It’s safe to assume that this trend will only accelerate under Garrett.
Before he was the dean of Australian Business School, Garrett was the dean of the University of Sydney Business School, and also served as the founder and CEO of the United States Center at the U. of Sydney. Before that he held various roles at Yale, UCLA, USC, Wharton, Oxford, and Stanford. Garrett earned his BA with honors from the Australian National University, and earned his MBA and PhD from Duke University.
Garrett will replace Thomas Robertson, ending a seven-year term in which he raised more than $600 million for the school. Under Robertson, Wharton also grew its faculty ranks and introduced a new MBA curriculum. Despite some recent noise about Wharton’s application volume, the school recently moved into a three-way tie with Harvard and Stanford for #1 in the 2015 U.S. News business school rankings. He came into a good situation to begin with, for sure, but Robertson seems to have left the school in an even stronger position compared to when he took charge in 2007.
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