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NEW YORK: Indian American Rakesh Khurana, who is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, was on Wednesday appointed dean of the famous Harvard College.
Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) dean Michael D. Smith made this announcement in an email to the college community.
Smith said, “Rakesh is a distinguished scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a dynamic House master who has also deeply engaged with undergraduate issues on important committees.’’
Smith, who himself is the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said, “He (Rakesh) brings to the deanship an intimate understanding of the Harvard College experience, a profound commitment to the values of a liberal-arts education, and a warm and compassionate personality that accompanies his belief in the importance of community and an inclusive approach to decision-making.
“Rakesh is an ardent proponent of the values of a liberal-arts education. I am confident that he will advance undergraduate education with both a respect for enduring values and the ability to embrace change. He understands the interplay of academic, extracurricular, and residential life at Harvard and is an eloquent spokesperson for the transformative nature of the Harvard undergraduate experience.’’
Reacting to his appointment, Khurana said, “I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve the College and work with the faculty, students, and staff to create a transformative educational experience for our students. I am convinced that, working together, we will have a significant and positive impact on the College.’’
Khuarana got his B.S. from Cornell University and then began graduate studies at Harvard in 1993, receiving his Ph.D. in 1998.
From 1998 to 2000, he taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2000. He is also professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and co-master of Cabot House.
He has co-authored two books titled “Handbook for Leadership Theory and Practice” (2010) and “The Handbook for Teaching Leadership” (2012) on leadership theory.
Khurana and his wife Stephanie have three children.