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Emerging Markets Institute The Emerging Markets Institute was launched in 2010 as a vehicle to bring together preeminent practitioners and academics from around the world to develop the next generation of global business leaders and to create the premier research center on the role of emerging markets in the global economy.
Broadening Opportunities Carlos R. Quintanilla, MBA ’80, received the Distinguished Latino Alumni Award in 2011 in recognition of his support of the school’s efforts in Latin America and his philanthropy in developing student scholarship opportunities. In 2014, the award was renamed the Carlos R. Quintanilla Distinguished Latino Alumni Award in his honor.
Global and Tech Focus Soumitra Dutta was named Johnson’s 11th dean in 2012. An authority on the impact of new technology on business, and on strategies for driving growth and innovation by embracing the digital economy, he would play a key role in launching the Cornell Tech MBA program. In 2016, he became the inaugural dean of what is now the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.
Durland Lecture Features Corporate Expertise In 2012, Mark T. Bertolini, MBA ’84, chairman, CEO, and president of Aetna, called for restructuring the nation’s healthcare system and employing technology to make it easier to use and affordable for all when he delivered the 24th Durland Lecture, Johnson’s most prestigious speaking engagement.
Gift Establishes Family Business Initiative A gift of $10 million established the Smith Family Business Initiative at Johnson in 2014. John Smith, MBA ’74, and his wife, Dyan Smith, funded the initiative because they believe education is key to founding and fostering family businesses across generations.
MBA for the Digital Economy In 2014, Johnson launched the Cornell Tech MBA, a one-year MBA immersed in New York City’s tech ecosystem that fuses business, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment. The program has been located on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island since 2017.
Building Community Jerome “Jerry” Hass joined the faculty in 1967 and served as the James B. Rubin Professor of Finance. A nationally recognized expert in corporate finance, energy and regulatory policy, applied microeconomics, managerial finance, security analysis and investment management, and business strategy, his teaching was legendary. With long-time colleague Hal Bierman Jr., he co-authored An Introduction to Managerial Finance (1973). He hosted an annual graduation picnic each May on his farm.
Tsinghua Partnership Provides Bilingual Experience In partnership with Tsinghua University’s PBC School of Finance, Johnson welcomed its inaugural students to the dual degree MBA and Finance MBA in 2015. The two-year program is the only part-time, post-experience program conducted bilingually in English and Mandarin, and it is geared to attract corporate and organizational leaders across China and beyond.
First Endowed Professorship Established In 1965, Cornell Trustee Nicholas H. Noyes, class of 1906, established Johnson’s first endowed professorship, the Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management. Vrinda Kadiyali has held the professorship since 2010. This was the first of five professorships he endowed for the school over the years.
Global Impact Suh Kyung-bae, MBA ‘87, earned his MBA from Johnson in 1987. Soon after, he would become chairman and CEO of the Korean cosmetics company, Amorepacific Group, earning him the 2015 L. Joseph Thomas Leadership Award and the accolade of 2015 Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia.