Dyson Foundation Funds Founding Faculty Chair for Johnson at Cornell NYC Tech
The $5 million gift instigated by Rob Dyson, MBA ’74, builds faculty presence for new MBA program in New York City
January 28, 2014
A $5 million gift from the Dyson Foundation of Millbrook, New York, will support the first founding faculty chair for a new MBA program at Cornell NYC Tech, created and offered by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. The gift was made on the recommendation of Rob Dyson, MBA ’74, emeritus trustee of Cornell University and chairman and CEO of the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation.
“The foundation’s gift comes at a key moment, as we strive to build our faculty presence in New York City,” said Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of Johnson. “This chaired professorship will allow us to attract top-quality faculty to our programs at Cornell Tech, and to help ensure their success.”
In May, Johnson will welcome the inaugural class of its new, one-year MBA program at Cornell Tech, one in which students gain an advanced business education through the lens of the tech industry. It brings together students across disciplines from business to engineering and computer science to learn, innovate, and create. The program begins in May on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, where students complete a business fundamentals and leadership curriculum, before continuing the program in New York City.
Rob Dyson was moved to get behind Cornell Tech and Johnson’s presence there by the power of all the entities involved—Cornell University, Johnson, and the city itself.
“Cornell Tech is a logical outreach for a great university like Cornell, and its world-class business school. It’s a statement of commitment that Johnson is creating a presence in the most important metropolitan area for business in the U.S., and arguably, the world,” said Dyson, who serves as co-chair of the Johnson NYC Steering Committee. “I wanted to help Johnson lead in educating MBAs who are ready in a real-world sense to succeed in technology- and entrepreneurship-focused businesses.”
Johnson is currently conducting searches for several faculty positions for the New York City-based MBA program, where the innovative and intensive nature of the program calls for a professor with unique backgrounds.
“Achieving the results we seek for our students requires uniquely qualified faculty members, who are steeped in the research and skills needed to create business leaders for the digital economy,” said Doug Stayman, associate dean for MBA Programs. “Recruiting them to our program is critical to our success, and having a chaired professorship to offer a top candidate is a strong draw.”
Like Stayman, Rob Dyson believes the professorship at Cornell Tech demands a particularly energetic and distinctive faculty member. He is inspired by the work of Brian Wansink, who is the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and also an adjunct professor at Johnson.
“If you take what Brian has done for his students and Cornell, that is the impact I want from the chaired position at Cornell Tech,” Dyson said. “A real scholar, a real teacher, a real thinker—and keen as hell.”
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