New Wharton, GSE , SP2 deans

Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price recently announced three new deans at the University.

Geoffrey Garrett has been named dean of the Wharton School, effective July 1.

A former faculty member in Wharton’s management department, Garrett is currently dean and professor of business in the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He is a distinguished political economist who has held positions at some of the world’s most eminent institutions.

“Geoff has unique experience in international business and business education and is absolutely the right person to partner with Wharton faculty, students, staff, and alumni to take the School to even greater heights,” Gutmann says.

Pam Grossman has been named dean of the Graduate School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2015. A former English teacher, Grossman is currently the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and faculty director of Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. An internationally regarded scholar in the field of teaching and teacher education and a member of the National Academy of Education, she is dedicated to demonstrating how schools of education at research-intensive universities can help improve teaching and learning at all levels.

“With her background, vision and proven leadership skills, Dr. Grossman is a great match for Penn and our Graduate School of Education as we advance our Penn Compact 2020 vision of becoming the model of an inclusive, integrated, and impactful university,” Gutmann says.

John L. Jackson, Jr., the Richard Perry University Professor at Penn and senior advisor for diversity in the Office of the Provost, has been named dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice, effective July 1.

Jackson, who has primary appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and Penn Arts & Sciences, as well as a secondary appointment in the School of Social Policy & Practice is a noted cultural anthropologist who has written and taught about the impact of mass media on urban life, globalization and the remaking of ethnic and racial diasporas, and racialization and media technology.

“John is a distinguished teacher, a renowned scholar, and a visionary leader whose work crosses traditional academic boundaries and involves community partners in understanding and confronting societal challenges around the nation and the world,” Gutmann says. “He is the best person to advance the School of Social Policy & Practice toward its goal of becoming the leading center for interdisciplinary teaching and research on social innovation, impact, and justice.”