By: Amy Elizabeth Gleitsmann
Curtis W. Tarr

New Partnerships

In 1985, Curtis W. Tarr was named the seventh dean. He came to Johnson with a Harvard MBA and PhD in history from Stanford, and an eclectic career that included a university presidency, government service and corporate leadership. He advocated an interdisciplinary approach to business education and strengthened academic relationships across the university. He would lead a capital campaign that resulted in endowed professorships, enhanced computer resources, and increased financial aid.