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File #: 200400    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/25/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/25/2020
Title: Honoring and recognizing Erika James as the first woman and person of color to become dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature20040000
Title
Honoring and recognizing Erika James as the first woman and person of color to become dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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WHEREAS, On February 26, 2020, President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett named Erika H. James the next dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which will become effective on July 1, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate psychology degree at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She later went on to receive her masters and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan; and
WHEREAS, James discovered her interest in crisis leadership and workplace diversity while teaching as an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. As a published researcher and award-winning educator, with a passion for consulting and speaking, James emphasizes how higher education can be of service to industry. Some of her published papers include: "How to Display Competence in Times of Crisis," and "Diversity Crises: How Firms Manage Discrimination Lawsuits"; and
WHEREAS, James has served on the board of the foremost accrediting body in business education, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She has been awarded the Earl Hill, Jr., Faculty Achievement and Diversity Award from The Consortium, an organization committed to increasing diversity in business, starting with graduate school admissions. James has also been named one of the Top 10 Women of Power in Education by Black Enterprise and as one of the Power 100 by Ebony Magazine; and
WHEREAS, In 2014, James became the first African American woman to lead a top business school in the nation, when she was named dean of Emory University's Goizueta Business School. While at Goizueta, James grew the faculty size by 25% in her first term and led workshops on unconscious bias fo...

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