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(From left to right) Senior Global Fellows Dr. Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt and former Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett and co-director Professor Julia Lynch.

The Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies is welcoming three new appointments to its community of experts.

The Institute released a statement earlier this week announcing the names and positions of the new additions: former Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett and Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt as the Institute's newest Senior Global Fellows and professor Julia Lynch as a new co-director. 

Geoffrey Garrett is the Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, where he also serves as the Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization. Before assuming his position at USC in July, he served as the Dean of the Wharton School since 2014. 

Thomas-Hunt, currently the Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb, has held multiple positions in diversity and inclusion at other universities, including Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University and Global Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Her work focuses on the factors that leverage and uplift contributions made by underrepresented individuals and numerical minorities, particularly women, according to the statement.  

Penn Professor of Political Science Julia Lynch, the Institute's new co-director, will be responsible for affairs regarding collaboration between the Lauder Institute and the School of Arts & Sciences, specifically coursework and curricular activities. Lynch’s work focuses primarily on the intersection of the politics of public health and inequality. 

The Lauder Institute’s statement praised the prior work of the three individuals and emphasized how each of their individual experiences can further improve upon the Institute’s mission.

“They are truly exciting additions to our community, and will strengthen Lauder’s ability to fulfill our mission of developing outstanding business leaders who look globally, engage locally, and act responsibly to have a powerful impact in the world,” the statement reads. 

The Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies offers a joint degree program for students to earn a Master's degree in International Studies from the School of Arts & Sciences and an MBA from The Wharton School or a JD from Penn Law School.

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