Johnson Management Committee


Sunny DonenfeldSunny Donenfeld

Associate Dean for Administration

Donenfeld joined Johnson’s administrative team in 2008 as the school’s chief financial and operating officer. He is the financial driver for the school, keeping us on track with ever-changing and complicated budget and university issues. As Associate Dean of Administration, he oversees the Finance Office, Human Resources, Technology Services, Business Services, and Facilities.

Donenfeld holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Johnson, and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Prior to his appointment at Johnson, he held administrative and information technology management roles at Cornell University and Stanford University.

William W. Huling, Jr.William W. Huling, Jr.

Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development

Huling is responsible for Johnson’s Alumni Affairs and Development program. He has more than 20 years of development experience at Johnson, including seven years as a Major Gifts Officer. Prior to that, he directed the corporate development and relationship efforts at Johnson. During his 10 year tenure as Senior Director of Corporate Relations, he focused on increasing corporate interaction and attracting investments to Johnson. He has also managed many student educational treks from Week on Wall Street to Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest engaging new companies to participate in the on-campus recruiting program.

Huling has both BS and MBA degrees from Cornell and has 23 years experience in university AA&D. A retired military officer, he is the advisor to Johnson’s Veteran’s Club, serves on Johnson’s Admissions Interview Committee, and was the appointed Cornell Coordinator of the Korean/Vietnam War Memorial.

Vrinda KadiyaliVrinda Kadiyali

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management, Professor of Marketing and Economics

Vrinda 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. Vrinda 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 MannixBeta 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’ 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 O'KeefeCarolyn P. O’Keefe

Associate Dean, Charles and Janet Jarvie Chief Marketing Officer

Carolyn O’Keefe is the Charles and Janet Jarvie Executive Director of Marketing at Johnson. As Chief Marketing Officer, Carolyn is responsible for all marketing and communication activity. As a member of the Management Committee, she works closely with the dean and the team to develop and communicate the future vision for Johnson here in Ithaca, in CornellNYC Tech, and globally.

Carolyn comes to Johnson with over 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 seasoned professional in the business world of franchising and licensing, Carolyn is particularly skilled in working with numerous constituents to create and execute winning strategies. She knows firsthand the power of harnessing the collective strengths of others to achieve extraordinary results, making her a strong fit with our culture and values.

Douglas M. StaymanDouglas M. Stayman

Associate Dean for MBA programs, Associate Professor of Marketing

As Associate Dean for MBA Programs, Stayman is responsible for our three residential MBA programs, including the MBA from Johnson at Cornell NYC Tech as well as Johnson’s other NYC initiatives. He also oversees the Office of Student Services; the MBA Admissions Office; the Career Management Center; our Leadership programs, including the Park Leadership Fellows Program; and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Stayman's teaching and research interests are in the areas of advertising and consumer decision making. His research has focused on the study of emotional responses to advertising and the role of affect in decision making. His work has involved methodological and measurement issues in studying emotions. He is also interested in theoretical accounts of the effects of emotions on people's preferences. Prior to coming to Johnson in 1990, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.  Full faculty bio >

joe thomasL. 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 >