Beginning July 1, 2024, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Nakashimato Professor of Marketing Manoj Thomas will assume the newly created role of Associate Dean of NYC Initiatives, signaling a new level of partnership between Cornell Tech and the SC Johnson College of Business.

At Cornell Tech, Thomas will work closely with and report to Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech Greg Morrisett, exploring strategic growth efforts for business programs at the Cornell Tech campus.

“Cornell Tech looks forward to working closely with Professor Thomas in his new role as Associate Dean of NYC Initiatives,” said Dean Morrisett. “His leadership will enhance the strategic opportunities presented by Cornell Tech’s unique mission and its partnership with Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business.”

“I am delighted to be involved in this initiative to increase Cornell’s footprint in New York City,” said Professor Thomas. “Cornell has some unique strengths that can galvanize business education in NYC—the breadth of business programs at SC Johnson College of Business ranging from data science to hospitality, the advances in AI at Cornell Tech, and our deep-seated commitment to work for the greater good.”

In addition to this new role, Thomas will continue to serve as Senior Director of Programs for the Johnson School with responsibility for the EMBA programs and the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA program.

Johnson School Dean Vishal Guar noted, “This important strategic role will prepare us well for the future. Our EMBA programs are largely NYC-based. Thus, locating this position in New York is very beneficial for those programs and will help strengthen our JCT Program, which, at nearly 10 years old, is positioned to enter the next stage of maturity. In addition, this will add to our faculty presence in New York.”

For the SC Johnson College of Business, Thomas will serve as a member of the College Leadership Team reporting to Charles Field Knight Dean Andrew Karolyi, with responsibility for leading the college’s strategic vision and execution for NYC-based executive education, co-curricular programming, faculty growth, and related activities.

“I am thrilled to have an exceptional scholar and academic leader in Professor ManojThomas take on this vital role for Cornell University,” said Dean Karolyi. “The SC Johnson College of Business continues to partner closely with Cornell Tech building on existing programs and exploring new opportunities in NYC to pursue our shared mission.”