|Dean Thomas S. Robertson announced to the Wharton community that he would be stepping down on June 30, 2014:
Dear Members of the Wharton Faculty,
I am writing to share with you my decision not to seek reappointment as Dean of the Wharton School when my term expires next year on June 30, 2014. My intent is to return to the Marketing faculty to teach and pursue my research interests.
It is fulfilling to be Dean at Wharton – both exciting and challenging – and I believe that I have accomplished what I set out to do. We have seized the opportunity to strengthen our academic departments by significantly increasing the size of our standing faculty and raising support for both new and existing centers and research programs. We weathered the financial crisis, exceeded our campaign fundraising goals, regained our executive education momentum and found the resources to renovate Vance Hall, build an addition to Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall and to move to a signature new campus in San Francisco.
In order to enhance our already strong degree programs, we conducted an extensive review of our MBA program and made major commitments to our new curriculum. We also have increased our student engagement initiatives across programs. For all of our degrees, we have maintained or raised our student quality indicators.
In an effort to increase our scholarly impact, I institutionalized three pillars as a strategic foundation and appointed Vice Deans in Innovation, Global Initiatives, and Social Impact. Our progress in these areas has been significant. Our goal is to be at the forefront of new educational technologies, internationalization, and to act as a force for good by our commitment to knowledge creation which enhances economic and social welfare.
I realize that any success that I have as Dean is with your support, dedication, and good counsel. I rely on all of you to conduct leading-edge research, teach to the highest standards, and meet with alumni and world leaders. Your collegiality, the professionalism of our staff and the excellence of our students are the mainstays of my tenure as Dean.
I want to take this moment to thank you sincerely for your willingness to pursue the course with me, for your support and encouragement, and most of all for your friendship. It is a privilege to represent you and the Wharton School, and I value our relationship.
Best personal regards,
Thomas S. Robertson