North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Provost Stephen W. Director has announced the appoint­ment of Hugh G. Courtney as the new dean of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, effec­tive July 1, 2012. A busi­ness strategy and edu­ca­tion expert and an accom­plished scholar, Courtney brings a pow­erful com­bi­na­tion of aca­d­emic, industry and non­profit lead­er­ship skills to Northeastern.

Hugh Courtney’s back­ground and unique skills align per­fectly with Northeastern’s emphasis on expe­ri­en­tial learning, use-​​inspired research and global pro­grams,” said Provost Director. “His appoint­ment comes at a time of tremen­dous momentum at the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. Under his lead­er­ship, CBA will achieve new levels of excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and research.”

Courtney comes to North­eastern from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, where he served in the Robert H. Smith School of Busi­ness as vice dean over­seeing the under­grad­uate, MBA and MS degree pro­grams. He also served as asso­ciate dean of exec­u­tive pro­grams and as a member of the faculty.

The scope of Courtney’s lead­er­ship and accom­plish­ments at the Smith School spans a wide spec­trum. During his tenure as vice dean, the Exec­u­tive MBA pro­gram vaulted into the national rank­ings and earned global acclaim in the area of cor­po­rate strategy. As vice dean, Courtney worked along­side fac­ulty on a major cur­riculum redesign of the under­grad­uate and MBA pro­grams, as well as on new MS pro­grams in supply chain man­age­ment and infor­ma­tion sys­tems. He also led the school’s cor­po­rate rela­tions and global programs.

North­eastern is truly unique in its extra­or­di­nary focus on expe­ri­en­tial learning, com­mit­ment to building global leaders, and invest­ment in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research that shapes both theory and prac­tice,” said Courtney. “Northeastern’s fac­ulty and staff are inno­v­a­tive edu­ca­tional entre­pre­neurs who are helping to rede­fine the modern uni­ver­sity and busi­ness edu­ca­tion. I am excited and hon­ored to join the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion during this trans­for­ma­tional period.”

Courtney played a lead­er­ship role in all aspects of the Smith School’s exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion busi­ness and directed the expan­sion of global pro­gram­ming. He worked with uni­ver­sity part­ners in China to re-​​launch a joint Exec­u­tive MBA pro­gram in Bei­jing, and col­lab­o­rated with col­leagues to expand the number of short-​​term study abroad oppor­tu­ni­ties for students.

As a fac­ulty member at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Courtney was appointed with the pres­ti­gious dis­tinc­tion of “Pro­fessor of Prac­tice” for the sig­nif­i­cant impact his applied research agenda on busi­ness strategy under uncer­tainty has had on busi­ness practice.

Under the lead­er­ship of Hugh Courtney, North­eastern will develop the human and intel­lec­tual cap­ital needed to drive our global economy,” said Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “Hugh’s accom­plish­ments in industry and acad­emia bring the ideal com­bi­na­tion of expe­ri­ence to foster inno­va­tion and advance the fron­tiers of knowl­edge in busi­ness and leadership.”

Courtney’s pub­li­ca­tions on busi­ness strategy and com­pet­i­tive dynamics have been fea­tured in leading prac­ti­tioner jour­nals such as the Har­vard Busi­ness Review, Academy of Man­age­ment Journal and Research Tech­nology. His highly regarded book on strategy under uncer­tainty, “20/​20 Fore­sight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncer­tain World,” was also a busi­ness best­seller on Amazon​.com.

Courtney began his aca­d­emic career at George Wash­ington Uni­ver­sity and has also held vis­iting posi­tions at uni­ver­si­ties in the Nether­lands and Aus­tralia. He was also a Senior Vis­iting Fellow at the Uni­ver­sity of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Prior to joining the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Courtney worked at one of the world’s pre­em­i­nent man­age­ment con­sulting firms, McK­insey & Com­pany, in Wash­ington, D.C., where he was a leader in its strategy prac­tice and served clients on six con­ti­nents across many industry sectors.

Courtney’s record of lead­er­ship also includes the non­profit sector, where he served as trea­surer and board member of two non­profit edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tions in Wash­ington, D.C.

Courtney earned a PhD in eco­nomics from the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in eco­nomics from North­western Uni­ver­sity in 1985.

Courtney suc­ceeds Thomas Moore, the visionary leader, inno­vator and former dean of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, who passed away last year.