Messages to the Georgetown Community
Announcing the Appointment of David A. Thomas as Dean of the McDonough School of Business
May 23, 2011
Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
It is with great pleasure that I announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell, I have appointed David A. Thomas as Dean of the McDonough School of Business, effective August 1, 2011. As Dean, Professor Thomas will also hold the William R. Berkley Chair.
Dean Thomas joins our community from Harvard Business School, where he served as H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration and head of the Organizational Behavior Unit. A recognized thought leader in the area of strategic human resource management, Dean Thomas’s research addresses issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership and organizational change.
Dean Thomas made numerous contributions during his tenure at Harvard, where he has served on the faculty since 1990. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Recruitment. He was Course Head for the Harvard Business School’s required first-year MBA course on “Leadership and Organizational Behavior,” and he served as the faculty chair for the HBS Executive Education program, Strategic Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Dean Thomas was on the faculty of the Wharton School of Finance.
In addition to being widely published, Dean Thomas has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for Scholarly Contribution for the article “Cultural Diversity at Work” and the Academy of Management George R. Terry Award for Outstanding Management book for Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America.
I am deeply grateful to Dean George Daly for his outstanding service and leadership as Dean of the McDonough School of Business. I also want to express my sincere thanks to the search committee, led by Professor Bardia Kamrad, for its commitment to conducting an inclusive national search and its hard work in helping to identify the very finest leader for the McDonough School of Business.
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dean Thomas. I very much look forward to our work together.
You have my very best wishes.
John J. DeGioia