The leader of the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was named Tuesday the next dean of the USC Marshall School of Business.
Geoffrey Garrett will move to USC beginning in July 2020.
Garrett has led the Wharton School since 2014. He is also the university’s Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise and a professor of management and political science. He previously led the business schools at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales in Australia.
“Our Marshall School of Business has found a tremendous leader in Geoffrey Garrett,” USC interim President Wanda M. Austin said in a statement. “He has a demonstrated track record in global business theory and practice, which aligns with our mission to create the leaders of the future.”
Garrett taught business administration, communication, international relations and law at USC from 2001 to 2005.
“USC Marshall is innovative, entrepreneurial and global, with great faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends,” Garrett said in a statement released by the university. “There is tremendous momentum at the school. This is a great foundation on which to build.
“… My first year will be all about listening and learning,” he said. “I think I have a pretty good appreciation for the world of business and education and for what USC Marshall has achieved. But the DNA of the school is its people, and I have so much to learn from them and about them.”
Garrett will replace Jim Ellis, who has been dean since 2007 but came under fire for his handling of harassment and discrimination complaints.