Associate Dean for MBA Programs, Professor of Operations Management
Gaur was appointed Associate Dean for MBA Programs in 2014 after serving as Professor of Operations Management since 2012. In this new role, Gaur will be responsible for oversight of Ithaca MBA Programs, Student Services, Career Management Center, Leadership Programs and the Roy Park Leadership Fellows Program. Gaur teaches the MBA core course in operations management and an MBA elective course in retail operations. He was awarded the Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellowship in 2010-11, the Johnson Core Faculty Award by the graduating class of 2008, the Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award by Production and Operations Management Society in 2006, and honorable mention in the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Competition in 2001. Full faculty bio >
Sean B. Scanlon
Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development
Scanlon joined Johnson Alumni Affairs and Development in 2014. He began his tenure at Cornell with the Lab of Ornithology in 2008 as Senior Director of Development and Philanthropy. There he grew the donor base from 25,000 to over 80,000 while creating and leading the $125 million Discover Campaign.
Prior to joining Cornell, Scanlon served as the Director of Development and Director of Government and Foundation Relations at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. There he helped the organization surpass its $125 million campaign goal. Additional career accomplishments include the implementation of development campaigns for two social service agencies in Chicago, founding a college sportswriter network, and possessing multiple teaching and research assistant positions prior to transitioning to a development career.
Scanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Arts and All But Dissertation for a Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural and Intellectual History from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He served as a Fellow at Yale University, Weston Theological Seminary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management, Professor of Marketing and Economics
Kadiyali was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2013, after 20 years on the Johnson faculty, where she is the Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management and Professor of Marketing and Economics. She and fellow Associate Dean L. Joseph Thomas share responsibilities for overseeing tenured and tenure-track faculty and coordinating reviews and hiring. Kadiyali is specifically responsible for faculty in the finance, operations management, and management and organizations areas, as well as Johnson’s centers and institutes. Full faculty bio >
Associate Dean for Executive Education, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management
Mannix is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management. She is responsible for the design, strategy and academic excellence of Johnson’s Executive MBA programs, as well as the strategy and oversight of Johnson’s non-degree Executive Education. Mannix has served as the Academic Director for Executive MBA, and has taught extensively in both the Cornell Executive MBA and Cornell Executive MBA Americas programs. She has been a Johnson faculty member since 1999, and she taught previously at the business schools at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. During 2005-08, Beta was the Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, established to promote interdisciplinary research and to increase the university's prominence in the social sciences. In 2008-09 she served as Cornell’s Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion. Mannix’s research and consulting includes work on effective performance in managerial teams, leading with power, strategic negotiation, and organizational change and renewal. She is the recipient of Johnson’s Faculty Research Award in 2008 and the inaugural Globe Award for Excellence in Teaching in Johnson’s EMBA Program in 2001. Full faculty bio >
Carolyn P. O’Keefe
Associate Dean for Marketing, Admissions and Global Strategy
Charles and Janet Jarvie Chief Marketing Officer
As Associate Dean and Chief Marketing Officer, O’Keefe is responsible for enhancing the reputation of Johnson at Cornell and generating demand for the MBA, PHD, and non-degree programs. She is also responsible for the Two-Year and One-Year admissions team as well as all recruiting and enrollment activities. As a member of the Management Committee, O’Keefe works with the team to develop and communicate the future vision for Johnson in Ithaca, New York City with Cornell Tech, and globally. She co-leads the External Relations Leadership Team and is a member of the Cornell Internationalization Committee.
O’Keefe joined Johnson in 2013 with more than 20 years of strategic brand and marketing experience from companies such as Pepsi, Disney, Taco Bell, Baskin-Robbins and IHOP. She has successfully created, revitalized, and led brands to leadership positions in their respective categories. As a professional in the business world of franchising and licensing, O’Keefe is particularly skilled in working with numerous constituents to create and execute winning strategies. She received a Master of Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from College of the Holy Cross.
Laura E. Syer
Associate Dean of Administration and Finance, Administration
As Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Syer is responsible for providing leadership to Johnson’s administrative units in Finance, IT, Facilities and HR while supporting the academic mission of the School. In her role on the Management Committee, she also leads the organization’s long-range planning efforts in her respective areas.
Syer joined the Johnson community in 2013 and in her prior position as the Executive Director of Finance and Business Intelligence, she led extensive process improvements for budgeting, reporting, and data analysis. Prior to Johnson, Laura held a management role in the Division of Budget and Planning at Cornell and was responsible for leading an extensive university-wide reporting effort. Before Cornell, Laura worked in International Finance at ESPN under the Walt Disney Company where, in her last management role, she was responsible for financial reporting for ESPN entities in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Deportes TV Network. Laura holds a BA from Ohio University, an MS from Canisius College and an MBA from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
Douglas M. Stayman
Associate Dean of Cornell Tech
As Associate Dean of Cornell Tech, Stayman is responsible for helping to lead academic areas of the campus, including faculty hiring, research programs and curriculum development. He has specific responsibility for directing the new Johnson Cornell Tech MBA as well as Johnson’s other NYC initiatives.
L. Joseph Thomas
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Operations Management
With fellow Associate Dean Kadiyali, L. Joseph Thomas oversees Johnson’s tenured and tenure-track faculty, conducts interim and tenure reviews, and coordinates the hiring of new faculty. Joe works closely with faculty in the accounting, economics, and marketing areas. He also oversees the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Business Simulation laboratory and the PhD program. In addition to his role as professor of operations management, Joe also is the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean Emeritus, having served as Johnson’s dean from 2007 to 2012. Full faculty bio >