Accounting scholar Mark Nelson named dean of Johnson
Nelson, the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management, will begin his five-year term as the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean July 1.
By Susan Kelley
Mark Nelson, Cornell professor of accounting, has been named the 12th dean of
the Samuel Curtis Johnson
Graduate School of Management.
Nelson, the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management, will begin his five-year
term as the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean July 1. He will succeed Soumitra
Dutta, who will step down from the post June 30. Dutta will continue to serve
as dean of the College of Business,
a position to which he was appointed March 22.
“Mark is an
internationally recognized scholar and an award-winning teacher of Johnson MBA
students,” said Provost Michael Kotlikoff. “The selection committee and I have
been extraordinarily impressed by the depth, sophistication and
comprehensiveness of his thinking regarding all aspects of the deanship,
Johnson and the College of Business. We are extremely pleased and enthusiastic
about his acceptance of this post.”
report to Dutta, who said he will make an excellent dean and has the support
and respect of the Johnson faculty.
“Mark is not
only ideally equipped to lead Johnson at this complicated and exciting time,
but it is clear that he will contribute tremendously to the success of the
College of Business, as well,” Dutta said.
A member of
the Johnson faculty since 1990, Nelson served as associate dean for academic
affairs from 2007 to 2010, overseeing the school’s tenure-track faculty and
he was humbled to have been chosen as dean: “I’m enormously grateful for the
opportunities that were given to me when I joined this campus and in the last
26 years as a member of this community. When you have the opportunity to give
back and make a difference at a place that you love, you take it.”
praised Johnson’s strong teaching and research, as well as its dedicated
faculty, staff and alumni. His vision for the school includes the conviction
that Johnson’s MBA programs can be “among the absolute best in the world.”
Opportunities that will emerge from the College of Business will play a central
role in achieving that goal, he said.
to help Johnson and the College of Business flourish,” Nelson said. “We’re all
in this together for the long term, and by supporting each other and
collaborating on teaching and research, we can do more collectively than any of
us could do on our own.”
An expert in
accounting, Nelson has conducted research examining psychological and economic
factors that influence how people make decisions; interpret and apply
accounting, auditing and tax regulations; and trade in financial markets. His
research has been published in many scholarly journals in accounting and
psychology. He has been recognized with the American Accounting Association’s
(AAA) Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, the AAA’s Wildman
Medal, the journal Auditing’s inaugural best paper award, and the Johnson
School’s Faculty Research Award.
teaching has focused on intermediate accounting, including MBA courses at
Johnson as well as undergraduate courses at Dyson. His many teaching awards
include those from Cornell and Ohio State University as well as the AAA’s
inaugural Cook Prize for teaching excellence. He is a co-author (with
Spiceland, Sepe and Thomas) of a leading intermediate accounting textbook.
for four years on the Advisory Council of the Financial Accounting Standards
Board. He also served three terms as an area editor for the Accounting Review
and is a member of the editorial boards of several accounting journals.
earned his Ph.D. in accounting in 1990 and a Master of Accounting degree in
1989, both from Ohio State University. In 1985, he received a Bachelor of
Business Administration degree from Iowa State University. He also holds a
certified public accounting designation from the state of Iowa.