Our founder Joseph Wharton had a vision for a business school focusing on rigorous analysis, actionable knowledge, and responsible leadership. Our senior leadership continues that vision to advance Wharton as the foremost research-led business school in the world.
Dean Erika H. James is an organizational psychologist and a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy. Prior to her appointment at Wharton on July 1, 2020, Dean James was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from 2014 to 2020.
Dean James holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.
Members of Wharton’s Executive Boards help define and implement the School’s strategic mission and goals.
Led by Chair of the Board of Advisors Marc Rowan, W’84, WG’85, Wharton’s executive boards form an interconnected network of deeply engaged international leaders. Through their service, counsel, generosity, and outreach, board members keep Wharton ahead of the curve in business education, innovation, and global reach. Eight distinct boards with particular areas of focus span the entirety of the Wharton experience and community – including various international regions; student and alumni constituencies; and the School’s undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education programs.
The longstanding commitment and continued energy and efforts of board members is especially integral at this challenging and exciting time for Wharton. Through their collective support, they empower achieving ambitious fundraising and engagement goals and expanding Wharton’s scope and impact.
Chair, Wharton Board of Advisors