In January, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, announced that, starting in the 2016–2017 academic year, it will create a new Cornell College of Business. The college will integrate three schools under a single academic and governance structure, including the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. While each school will continue to operate under independent missions, the College of Business will support more collaborative, cohesive, and cross-disciplinary interactions among faculty, courses, and programs.
The integrated institution will make it much easier for students to pursue study in specialty areas such as hospitality, real estate, and resource and developmental economics. In addition, the college will offer “a critical mass” of faculty, according to a school statement, which will include 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Soumitra Dutta, currently dean of the Johnson School, will become the dean of the College of Business, while each individual school operating within the college will be led by a dean responsible for its admissions and academic programs. The Dyson School will also remain a part of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Leaders from SHA, Johnson, Dyson, and CALS will continue to develop academic and governance processes for the new College of Business before it opens this fall.