Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University has appointed Wharton professor Jitendra Singh as dean of its business school. Prof Singh, 53, a professor of management, was a former vice-dean at the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty member there for 20 years.
With a PhD from Stanford University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, Prof Singh has extensive links in India and China with both the business and academic communities. He has advised and served on the boards of several corporations, from well established companies such as Infosys Technologies in India, where he was a board member, to Silicon Valley start-up companies.
Prof Singh will take up his new job on September 1, 2007, taking over from Hong Hai, who assumed the role in 2004.
NTU’s biggest business school rival in Singapore, the National University of Singapore, is also on the dean hunt. Its current dean, Christopher Earley, will become dean of the business school at the University of Connecticut in January 2008.
Meanwhile the Wharton school itself is set to welcome a new dean - Tom Robertson, formerly of Emory University and London Business School.