NYU Stern names Stanford Professor as New Dean

Posted by: Alison Damast on July 28, 2009

Today the New York University’s Stern School of Business named Peter Blair Henry, a renowned international economist and Stanford Graduate School of Business professor – as its new dean. His appointment at Stern is effective Jan 15, 2010.

Henry will be replacing Thomas Cooley, who has served as dean of the Stern School since August of 2002.

Henry comes to Stern with an impressive resume: he’s a Rhodes Scholar, the leader of the Obama Transition Team’s review of the International Monetary Fund and an economic advisor to governments from the Caribbean to Africa.

New York University President John Sexton says he is impressed with Henry’s ability to think long-range and strategically.


Seldom – if ever – have I seen greater certainty or more enthusiasm for a candidate for a deanship. And when I met with him, it was immediately apparent why: a superb and highly productive economics scholar, a natural leader, a community-builder, and a manifestly good person, Peter Blair Henry has just the attributes to lead NYU’s business school.

He also received praise from NYU Provost David McLaughlin.

The Stern School is poised to be in recognized as one of the truly top business schools in the country, and the character and self-confident leadership he possesses is precisely what the school needs now to achieve that.

Henry has spent most of his career at Stanford, where he currently serves as the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Economics. He’s also the associate director of Stanford’s Center for Global Business and Economy and is well-known for his research on economic reform in emerging economies.

NYU Stern is ranked 13th in BusinessWeek’s 2008 rankings of top MBA programs.

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