Senior Faculty Member to Lead Executive Programs

Elizabeth Mannix named Johnson’s associate dean for executive education

Senior Faculty Member to Lead Executive Programs

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University announces that Professor Elizabeth (Beta) Mannix, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management, has been named associate dean for executive education starting December 15, 2012. In this key role, Mannix will be responsible for the design, strategy, and academic excellence of Johnson’s Executive MBA programs, as well as the strategy and development of Johnson’s non-degree executive education. 

Johnson offers two executive MBA programs for working managers. The Cornell Executive MBA provides the rigor and depth of a traditional MBA, with alternate weekend classes are held at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, 12 miles north of Manhattan. The Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA features a combination of on-campus residential sessions and multi-point, interactive videoconferencing sessions.  The videoconferencing sessions are held on weekends in selected cities across North America, Mexico, and Latin America.

“I am very pleased to have a senior faculty member at Johnson take on this role,” said Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean.  “Beta has been the academic director for Executive MBA, and the chair of the EMBA committee, and has taught extensively in both CEMBA and CQEMBA. She is thus in an ideal position to take on this new responsibility.”

In the coming months, Johnson expects to hire an executive director to grow and manage non-degree executive education programs, Dutta added. This new director will work with Associate Dean Mannix in Ithaca, as well as in New York City.

Mannix joined the Johnson faculty member in 1999, after teaching previously at the business schools at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. During 2005-08, she was the director of the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University, 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 teaching interests include effective performance in managerial teams, diversity, power and alliances, negotiation and conflict, organizational change and renewal, and the effects of power in diverse teams. She received Johnson’s Faculty Research Award in 2008 and the inaugural Globe Award for Excellence in Teaching in Johnson’s EMBA Program in 2001.



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