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Georgette Phillips, a high-profile professor in the Wharton School, will leave Penn to accept a position as dean of Lehigh University’s business school, Wharton Dean Thomas Robertson announced in an email to students and faculty Wednesday.

Phillips, who teaches in the Real Estate and Legal Studies Departments, was Wharton’s vice dean for the undergraduate division until she stepped down over the summer. In that position, she heralded several changes to the undergraduate curriculum, including a new concentration in social impact and social entrepreneurship and capstone courses for seniors.

“Georgette is internationally recognized for her scholarship and research, and is among our most engaging teachers,” Robertson said in the email. “We are very proud of Georgette’s accomplishments at Penn and look forward to seeing her successes at Lehigh.”

Phillips won two undergraduate teaching awards, in 1994 and 1997.

Lehigh University’s business school has over 1,800 students, and has been ranked highly in annual school rankings. Phillips’ deanship there will begin effective July 1, 2014.

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