Harvard’s president, Larry Bacow, has promoted professor Srikant Datar to be the next dean of Harvard Business School, taking over for Nitin Nohria when he steps down at the end of the year.
Datar has played a number of key roles at the school since joining the faculty in 1996, overseeing varied responsibilities such as faculty recruiting and development, executive education, research, and, currently, university affairs. He has also served since 2015 as the faculty chairman of the Harvard Innovation Labs, or the “i-Lab,” and has been instrumental in the school’s transition to a “hybrid learning” model during the COVID-19 pandemic. And he has been a prominent thinker and researcher on the topic of the future of business education.
“Already for more than two decades, he’s been one of Harvard Business School’s most thoughtful, experienced, and respected academic leaders,” Bacow said in a Zoom videoconference with HBS faculty, students, and