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Tuck Associate Dean Leaves to Lead Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management

The associate dean for the MBA program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business has been named the new dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, Tuck announced last week. M. Eric Johnson, a fixture in the Tuck community for the past 14 years, will assume his new post in Nashville on July 1st pending approval by Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust.

“During his time at Tuck Eric was truly an academic leader at the school and an outstanding teacher,” Tuck Dean Paul Danos said in a statement. “He has been much beloved by students for his flair in the classroom and dedication to their personal transformation and by faculty and staff for his collegiality and wisdom,” Danos continued.

In addition to serving as Tuck’s associate dean for the MBA program, Johnson was the faculty director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies. A professor of the science of administration, his research and teaching focuses on the effects of information technology on business and industries. While at Tuck, Johnson also compiled an annual holiday list of top tech toys, which enjoyed wide media coverage, and hosted large gatherings of students at his home for Thanksgiving, Tuck reports.

In his new post as dean, Johnson returns to Vanderbilt, where he spent eight years before joining Tuck, three as a tenured associate professor of operations management. “The return of Eric Johnson to Vanderbilt marks the start of an exciting new era at the Owen Graduate School of Management,” Vanderbilt Provost Richard McCarty said in a press release. “Eric is one of the leading scholars of supply chains and the impact of information technology on corporations. He is also a proven leader whose record of accomplishments at Dartmouth is enviable by any measure.”