Kellogg Dean Steps Down

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on June 1, 2009

Dipak Jain, the dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile), is calling it quits after eight years as dean. According to Kellogg, Jain will step down effect Sept. 1 return to teaching following a year’s leave of absence. A national search for a replacement is underway.

Jain, 51, first came to Kellogg in 1986 as an assistant professor and took over the helm in 2001 after five years as associate dean. In a press release issued today, Jain said:

I have been both honored and fortunate to have been able to serve as dean of this wonderful school. Over the past eight years as dean, it has been my pleasure to work alongside wonderful colleagues whose dedication to Kellogg has made my job a joy. I truly appreciate the support, guidance, and assistance that I have received from Kellogg faculty, staff, students, and alumni during my tenure as dean.

During his time as dean, Jain made many visits to BusinessWeek to fill us in on the goings on at Kellogg, and his unfailing optimism and good cheer never failed to leave us in a better mood. We wish him the best of luck. If there’s a silver lining here it’s that he’s still a very young man, and has many good years of teaching and research ahead of him.

Kind of makes you envy future Kellogg MBA clases, doesn’t it?

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