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STANFORD -- Jerry I. Porras, a professor of organizational behavior, has been named an associate dean of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Porras, who will assume the position this fall, will have broad responsibility for educational programs, including the doctoral and executive education programs. He has been centrally involved in developing the interpersonal dynamics and organizational development curricula, and has directed the Executive Program in Organization Change.
The academic work of Porras, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1972, has included developing theories of planned organizational change and addressing issues of corporate vision. For the past three years, he also has been the Stanford faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Porras will succeed James M. Patell, who will return to the faculty after six years in administration. Patell was one of the leaders in redesigning the school's Public Management Program and its computing services.
A. Michael Spence, dean of the school, lauded Patell's contributions.
"Jim is the best manager from an academic background with whom I have had the privilege to work," Spence said. "His hallmarks are directness, great clarity of thought and, most important, an extraordinary capacity for supporting those with whom he works. I've learned a great deal about management from working with Jim; many others would put themselves in this category."
Also scheduled to start as a new associate dean this fall is David P. Baron, whose appointment was announced last year. Baron will have responsibility for faculty development, including appointments and the promotion and tenure process. Baron succeeds Charles A. Holloway, who is serving this year until Baron returns from a visiting professorship at Harvard University.
"Chuck's experience, wisdom and humor have been and will continue to be invaluable to all of us," Spence said. "It has been a privilege to work closely with Chuck this year, and I want to thank him, on behalf of all of us, for his unselfish contributions to the School in the past few months."
Porras and Baron will join Charles P. Bonini and Mark A. Wolfson, associate deans for academic affairs.
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