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INSEAD Names Former Kellogg Dean as Its New Dean

And so the dean shuffle continues…INSEAD business school this week named Dipak Jain, former dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, to become its new dean effective March 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Jain, who stepped down as dean at Kellogg in September 2009 after holding the post for 15 years, is credited with helping the Evanston school expand its international reach, including by launching an executive MBA program in Miami targeting Latin American executives. INSEAD, which has campuses in Singapore, France and Abu Dhabi, chose Jain as part of a bid to further strengthen its global presence, according to the Journal report.

“He has tremendous experience developing programs in the world,” Franz Humer, chairman of INSEAD’s board, told the Journal. “We feel he’ll be strategic about developing our campuses, such as the one in Singapore. But we also want him to attract more students from the developing world.”

According to Humer, INSEAD hopes Jain will help it build programs in China and India and also maximize the potential of the Abu Dhabi campus. Born in India, Jain taught there in his youth and was instrumental in establishing the Indian School of Business.

Jain, who remained a professor at Kellogg after stepping down from his dean’s post last year, will take over at INSEAD when Frank Brown, the current dean, completes his five-year term next March.

With several MBA deans’ positions coming open in the last couple of years, Jain is not the first to change schools. Sally Blount, who succeeds Jain at Kellogg, shifted over from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she had been the undergraduate dean. And Ted Snyder, who will become dean of the Yale School of Management in July 2011, served as dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business before stepping down this past June and as dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia before that.

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