CEU Names Mel Horwitch Business School Dean

Central European University has named Mel Horwitch, currently Professor of Technology Management at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Dean of CEU Business School. A scholar who focuses on innovation and technology management, Professor Horwitch will assume his position on January 1, 2011.

In announcing the appointment, John Shattuck, President and Rector, CEU, emphasized Horwitch’s international and leadership experience, “I am delighted that Mel Horwitch has agreed to lead CEU Business School at this critical moment for both management education generally, and for CEU in particular. Having worked very closely with Mel, who has acted as a senior CEU advisor over the past year, I am confident that under his leadership CEU Business School will play a significant role in furthering CEU’s historic mission of building civil society around the globe. Mel brings to CEU extensive international experience and a rare blend of impressive intellectual, educational and leadership accomplishments.”

Referring to his appointment as Dean of CEU Business School, Horwitch stated, “I believe that effective managers in the 21st century require professionalism, a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship and a desire and competency to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. CEU Business School aims to represent excellence in and to integrate all three key dimensions. Also, building on the overarching and inspiring mission of CEU as a whole, CEU Business School will expand to serve emerging economies throughout the world.”

Horwitch received an AB from Princeton University and an MBA and Doctorate from Harvard Business School. He served on the faculties of HBS, MIT’s Sloan School, Theseus Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, and NYU-Poly and on the visiting faculties of London Business School and University of Paris-Dauphine. He was founding Dean of Management at Theseus Institute and was twice Chair of the Department of Technology Management at NYU-Poly, where he also is Director of the Institute for Technology & Enterprise. Professor Horwitch was also founding Director and Fellow of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at NYU-Poly. He previously was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.

Professor Horwitch has written or co-edited two books and over fifty articles, cases and teaching notes. He established new MBA Programs at Theseus Institute and at NYU-Poly. An overarching theme running through his work is the importance of innovation for business success and societal progress generally. At the MIT Sloan School in the 1980s, he developed a new course on “Technology Strategy.” More recently, he has turned his attention to innovation and entrepreneurship in the sustainability arena. At NYU-Poly he created and taught a new course on “Cleantech & Renewable Energy Innovation,” and he designed and ran the recently established CleantechExecs Executive Program.

“I have long believed that you cannot have a civil society without hope for the future, and that hope is based on growing opportunities for all,” Horwitch said. “That is why I am especially excited to be joining CEU, where its Business School offers a powerful and special learning environment in which innovation and entrepreneurship and best practices in corporate governance reinforce one another.”

Watch a 5-minute interview with Mel Horwitch conducted by CEU President and Rector John Shattuck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XfV9xlNjSY