ANN ARBOR – University of Pennsylvania has named University of Michigan graduate Erika H. James as its new dean of the Wharton School, effective July 1.

James, who holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, will become the first female and first African American to hold the position of dean at Wharton.

“Erika is an award-winning scholar and teacher and a strong, proven leader who serves as dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann in a statement. “A passionate and visible champion of the power of business and business education to positively transform communities locally, nationally, and globally, she is exceptionally well prepared to lead Wharton into the next exciting chapter of its storied history.”

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