Cross-Border Coffee Break: Developing Deans

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28 March 2018
09:00 - 09:30

Business school deans and directors face similar challenges when first assuming their positions: setting strategy, managing risks, supporting faculty, and leading a diverse group of stakeholders. New and aspiring deans and directors will build their leadership toolkit and networks in a program designed by a diverse team of experienced business education leaders to prepare them to combine international best practice with innovation in a developing world context.

This Cross-Border Coffee break led by Rohit Verma, SC Johnson College of Business, will serve as an introductory virtual session on the program format, curriculum, and learning objectives.


Rohit Verma
Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management

Rohit Verma is the dean of external relations for the Cornell College of Business, the executive director of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (, and the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA).

Prior to his appointment at Cornell University, Verma was the George Eccles Professor of Management at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. He has taught undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses at several universities around the world including DePaul University, German Graduate School of Business and Law, Helsinki School of Economics, Indian School of Business, Korea University, and the University of Sydney.

Verma has published over 70 articles in prestigious academic journals and has also written numerous reports for the industry audience. He regularly presents his research, participates in invited panel discussions, and delivers keynote addresses at major industry and academic conferences around the world. He is co-author of the Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century textbook, and co-editor of Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice, a professional reference book that includes works of several of his colleagues at Cornell.

Verma has received several research and teaching awards including CHR’s Industry Relevance Award and SHA’s Masters Core Class Teaching Award; the Skinner Award For Early Career Research Accomplishments from the Production and Operations Management Society; the Spirit of Inquiry Award, the highest honor for scholarly activities within DePaul University; the Teaching Innovation Award from DePaul University; and the Professional Service Award from DESB University of Utah.