M. Eric Johnson, current associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and former Owen faculty member, has been named dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management effective July 1. He succeeds Dean Jim Bradford, who announced his retirement in December.
Johnson said that Owen is a true gem among the world’s best business schools.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the school to even higher achievement,” he said.
At Dartmouth, Johnson oversaw Tuck’s top-rated MBA program and its nine centers and initiatives. He was responsible for launching several of those centers in the areas of digital strategies, energy, entrepreneurship and health care, and also held a named chair.
Johnson taught at Owen from 1991- 99, first as assistant professor of management, then as a tenured associate professor of operations management. He twice won awards for teaching excellence.
Johnson’s teaching and research concentrate on the impact of information technology on the extended enterprise. His latest book, The Economics of Financial and Medical Identity Theft, examines the security failures and economic incentives that drive identity theft. He holds patents on interface design and has testified before Congress on information security. Additionally, he has held positions with Systems Modeling Corp. and Hewlett-Packard and has consulted for top companies around the world.
An expert in information technology as well as supply chain management, Johnson holds bachelor degrees in engineering and economics and a master’s in engineering and operations research from Pennsylvania State University. He received his doctorate in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University.