01 Jul 2018

Celebrating and Supporting Leadership

A Message from Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Faculty, and Das Narayandas, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and Harvard Business Publishing


Das Narayandas and Nitin Nohria
(photo by Susan Young)

Through the Harvard Business School Campaign we positioned the School to deepen its impact on management education, business, and society in the 21st century. The successful Campaign concluded on June 30 and the School will report on its achievements and impact in the December Alumni Bulletin.

The Campaign had high aspirations from its inception. We aimed to increase engagement and participation among our alumni and the next generation of HBS leaders; to improve the perception of HBS and business in the world; to engage with the University in mutually beneficial ways; and to increase flexible funding to support innovation at the School. We made real progress on all these dimensions, and we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished.

Our work, of course, will continue beyond the Campaign. We envision a future where we—the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Harvard Business School—work in concert to address society’s most difficult problems and interesting opportunities, innovate to redefine what is possible, and cross sectors to develop solutions to intractable challenges.

To achieve this, we are focused on several priorities.

We need to ensure the School’s ability both to strengthen its core programs and to seize new opportunities. Annual gifts to the HBS Fund provide this critical support and serve as the foundation for everything we do.

We must continue to build a world-class faculty by attracting and developing outstanding junior faculty members.

Building on our amazing fellowship program, we can do more to make the School accessible to students with tremendous leadership potential who may otherwise never have imagined that an HBS degree was within their reach.

We can find new ways to leverage the fact that we are part of a great university—including building programmatic bridges with our future neighbor in Allston, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

We are committed to extending exciting work that we have begun, whether that be expanding the reach and impact of HBX, continuing to innovate in the MBA Program, or deepening the global understanding of our faculty and students.

We remain emboldened and inspired by the opportunities that lie ahead, knowing that business is the engine that will create prosperity in our communities and for society.

Thank you for joining us on this important journey.

Nitin Nohria
Dean of the Faculty
George F. Baker Professor of Administration

Das Narayandas
Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and Harvard Business Publishing
Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration


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