We are now in our last term of the Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY program. Our final residency is behind us. I am amazed at how fast these last 18 months have gone by. Our school has also seen many changes in the last few months.
Mark Nelson, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean and professor of accounting at Johnson, joined us in Palisades during one of our class weekends. While he was there, he participated in a discussion moderated by Professor Robert Bloomfield. This blog post is a summary of the chat with our dean.
Dean Nelson arrived at Cornell in 1990 from Ohio State University. He obtained his PhD in accounting. After that, Professor Bob Libby recruited him for a faculty position at Cornell. Prior to his tenure as dean of Johnson, Dean Nelson served as dean of Academic Affairs.
Dean Nelson is excited to represent the Johnson community, the diverse student body, and our programs. Johnson is one of the very few Ivy League schools that offers MBA programs in different formats, including the traditional two-year MBA, the one-year accelerated MBA, the one-year Johnson Cornell Tech MBA, the Executive MBA Metro NY, the Executive MBA Americas, and the new Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine. In sharing his vision with us, Dean Nelson mentioned that bringing innovative programs to our school, providing access to world class faculty, and building the Cornell community are some of his priorities for the near future.
Johnson has hired approximately 25 new faculty members in the last three years, and more hiring is currently underway. Dean Nelson is looking forward to the launch of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island. Once the new campus opens, he believes there will be more opportunities for EMBA Metro NY students to connect with the technology community. In addition, the new Breazzano Family Center for Business Education, to be completed in Ithaca this year, will be a modern facility where future classes of EMBA students will complete their residency programs.
In the long term, Dean Nelson’s vision for Johnson includes the continuation of inspiring students and professionals to open their minds and cultivate intellectual curiosity for business. He believes the future of our business school will focus heavily on immersions and on students being able to pursue an MBA that achieves their unique objectives. For example, Johnson’s partner schools within the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and The Hotel School—are conducting innovative programs focused on the “business of food.” Similarly, sustainability is taking on a new era at Johnson, and we are seeing many new options for students to consider in the future. Last but not least, Johnson will begin to offer an MPS in Management with an Accounting Specialization for students who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting.
As I think about this chat, and all that I have learned from some of the best faculty in business education, I am amazed at the power of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Even though we have worked toward earning our MBAs in the last 22 months, we still have a lifetime of learning ahead of us. Let’s hope that we renew our pledge for learning and have an open mind for life!