Dean Podolny Leaving Yale B-school for Apple

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on October 23, 2008

By Alysa Teichman

Joel Podolny, dean of the Yale School of Management, announced yesterday that he will step down November 1 to become the dean of a different business environment: Apple University in California. In this role he will lead “educational initiatives.”

The position has not been defined by Apple, although Podolny’s job as Vice President may include targeting college students and universities by expanding iTunes University and leading training sessions for employees (similar to existing corporate programs like McDonalds Hamburger University).

Podolny told the Yale community in an email that Apple is a company he feels passionately about, even going as far as referring to specific moments with Apple products part of the “fabric of his life.” Since he became dean at Yale in 2005, Podolny has worked to revamp the school’s curriculum, making it more integrative and cutting the emphasis on functional silos. Additionally, the number of applications to Yale’s SOM has increased by 50% during his time there.

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