Johnson Management Committee

Sunny Donenfeld

Sunny Donenfeld

Associate Dean for Administration

Donenfeld joined Johnson’s administrative team in 2008 as Chief Financial and Operating Officer. As Associate Dean of Administration, he oversees the Finance Office, Human Resources, Technology Services, Business Services and Facilities. Prior to his appointment at Johnson, Donenfeld held administrative and information technology management roles at Cornell University and Stanford University.

A Johnson alumnus, Donenfeld holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Johnson at Cornell, Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Vishal Gaur

Vishal Gaur

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 >

William W. Huling, Jr.

William W. Huling, Jr.

Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, Development and Corporate Relations

Huling is responsible for Johnson’s Alumni Affairs and Development program. He has more than 26 years of experience in university AA&D including 23 years of development experience at Johnson. While at Johnson, he has served four years as Associate Dean and seven years as a Major Gifts Officer. Prior to that, Huling directed the corporate development and relationship efforts at Johnson. During his 10 year tenure as Senior Director of Corporate Relations, Huling focused on increasing corporate interaction and attracting investments to Johnson.

A double Cornell alumnus, Huling holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration. A retired military officer, he is the advisor to Johnson’s Veteran’s Association, serves on Johnson’s Admissions Interview Committee, and was the appointed Cornell Executive Director of the Korean/Vietnam War Memorial.

Vrinda Kadiyali

Vrinda Kadiyali

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 >

Beta Mannix

Beta Mannix

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 (both CEMBA and CQEMBA), 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 CEMBA and CQEMBA 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

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.

Douglas M. Stayman

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

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 >