Erika H. James
Erika H. James
|Title||Dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania|
Erika H. James is an American academic and businesswoman. She is the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is both the first woman and the first African-American to lead the business school.
Early life and education
James' mother was an educator. Her stepfather was clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, who influenced her choice to study psychology at Pomona College. James earned her MA and PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.
James has said that she did not expect to work in academia after graduation, but was influenced by an academic advisor to pursue a university job. Following graduation, James turned down a number of consulting offers to become an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.
James was the president and owner of the Crisis Management Institute, which reported on business crises and provided crisis management training courses for firms and organizations.
In 2001, James joined the faculty at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where she also led the creation of the role of Associate Dean of Diversity. She was promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education in 2012. As Senior Associate Dean at Darden, James introduced the Women's Leadership Program.
In 2014, James also was named the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University's Goizueta Business School. James was the first African-American woman to be named dean in Emory's history, as well as the first African-American woman to lead a top business school in the United States. Under James, the Goizueta faculty grew by 25%. That same year, James was included in the Ebony magazine Power 100 list of the "world's most inspiring African Americans."
James is known for her crisis leadership and workplace diversity research.
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