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Vishal Gaur named new dean of Johnson School

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Read the full story by Alison Fromme in the Cornell Chronicle.

Vishal Gaur, the Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management and professor of operations, technology and information management, has been named the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of ManagementCornell SC Johnson College of Business. Gaur will take over the role on July 1.

As associate dean for MBA programs from 2014-19, Gaur launched the Digital Technology Immersion, in which MBA candidates and students earning their M.P.S. in data science or applied statistics develop skills in coding, databases and advanced analytics and learn to leverage them to tackle challenges faced by leading companies.

Gaur also created the Master of Science in Business Analytics program offered through eCornell, which provides working professionals a hands-on opportunity to learn about data analytics tools essential to analyzing and optimizing business decisions.

Gaur’s research focuses on data-driven analysis of problems in supply chains, retailing, e-commerce and marketplace operations, and his work was recognized with the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society in 2006. He created a method for benchmarking inventory turnover performance of firms, and his current projects involve the reduction of food waste and supply chain risk.

Gaur is the 2022 recipient of the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2020 recipient of the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award and a three-time winner of the Johnson School’s Core Faculty Award. Well-known among students for the care and attention he gives to his teaching, he currently teaches the Semester in Strategic Operations MBA immersion course, where students go on site visits and work on client projects in topics such as industry 4.0, traceability, and sales and operations planning.

Gaur earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (2001), MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (1995) and BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (1993).

Gaur succeeds Mark W. Nelson, who joined the Cornell faculty in 1990, became dean of the Johnson School in 2016 and will return full time to his position as professor of accounting.