Announcing Paul Almeida, Ph.D., as Dean of our Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

It is with deep gratitude for his exceptional service to Georgetown that I write to share with you today that Paul Almeida, Ph.D. (P’16, P’20), has been named Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of our Georgetown University McDonough School of Business .  He will begin in this position on August 1, 2017.

A member of our University community for more than two decades, Paul has served Georgetown McDonough in a number of positions, including most recently as Deputy Dean for Executive Education and Innovation—a position he was appointed to in 2016—and, prior to that, as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs.  He also serves as Professor of Strategy and International Business.

As Deputy Dean, Paul oversees the McDonough School’s new Innovation Initiative, which seeks to more deeply integrate our Catholic and Jesuit values into the school, expand technology-enhanced learning, leverage the school’s location in Washington, D.C., and increase organizational excellence.  Paul also leads the administrative and academic components of six executive education degree programs and more than 25 executive custom programs, with over 1,000 students per year.  Most recently, the Financial Times ranked the school’s Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs as first and fifth, respectively, in the world for international business, and executive custom programs as fourth in the United States.

Paul also serves as the co-founder and co-academic director of our Global Executive MBA program, a partnership among McDonough, our School of Foreign Service, ESADE Business School in Spain, and INCAE Business School in Costa Rica.  Under Paul’s leadership, the McDonough School also adapted its Executive Master’s in Leadership program to serve D.C.’s public and charter schools and launched the school’s first technology-enhanced program with the M.S. in Finance.

Paul is known throughout our academic community as a respected scholar and teacher who is deeply committed to our Catholic and Jesuit identity.  His research focuses on innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and information collaborations across firms and countries, and his work has been published in leading scholarly journals and books.  He currently teaches executives and MBAs in the areas of strategy, international business, technology, and knowledge management and has received numerous research, teaching, and service awards at Georgetown, including recognition as the “Outstanding Professor, Executive MBA Award” on seven separate occasions.

Paul received a Ph.D. in International Business and Strategy and an M.A. in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a PGDM (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Poona, India.

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to Rohan Williamson, Ph.D. (P’14, P’18), who has served as Interim Dean of the McDonough School during the 2016-2017 academic year—we are grateful for his leadership and dedication to our University and very much look forward to his return to our faculty this fall.  I also wish to thank the members of our McDonough Search Committee for the great care with which they did their work, and recognize the Chair of the Committee, Dennis P. Quinn, Ph.D., Professor of Business and Public Policy, and thank him for his commitment to Georgetown and his many efforts to guide the search process.

Please join me in offering Paul our sincerest congratulations as he prepares to assume this new role.

You have my very best wishes.


John J. DeGioia