June 9, 2005

Katz Named New ILR Dean

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Yesterday, President Jeffrey S. Lehman ’77 announced that Prof. Harry Katz, the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining and director of the Institute of Collective Bargaining at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has been named dean of the school, effective July 1.

Katz follows Edward J. Lawler, the dean of the ILR school since 1997, who announced last year that he is stepping down on June 30.

“I am honored and look forward to keeping ILR at the forefront of the changes occurring at the workplace due to globalization and other pressures,” said Katz in a Cornell News Service press release.

“Professor Katz is a very distinguished scholar, devoted member of the ILR faculty and a generous university citizen. His leadership will be critical to enabling the school and the university to meet the challenges ahead,” said Provost Biddy Martin in the press release.

The announcement is the conclusion of a months-long process that saw three candidates vie for the position.

The search took longer than expected, with some disagreements among the faculty and students about the direction of the school.

For this reason, Martin will perform an external review of the school’s “programs and activities in light of issues that emerged in the process of the dean search.”

“Harry Katz has long been recognized as a leading light of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. A distinguished scholar who appreciates the special role the school plays in the larger society, Dean Katz truly understands the soul of ILR,” said Lehman.

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