Paul Almeida is never done learning. It’s his hope that no one else is, either. For more than two decades, Almeida has served on the faculty at Georgetown’s business school, including as deputy dean for executive education, where he worked to develop innovative programs and conducted seminars with the likes of Microsoft, Gucci, Samsung, IBM and more. In 2017, Almeida was named dean of the McDonough School of Business. It’s a step that seems natural for a man who has spent a lifetime in Jesuit schools, focusing on an international view of business and the intersection of business and social change. Subscription required.
A letter from Paul Almeida, dean and William R. Berkley Chair: “At Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, we see ourselves as one component of the university’s global ecosystem. We do our part — in collaboration with the other schools and programs — to both ensure that our students receive a well-rounded education founded in the liberal arts and our Jesuit tradition and that our faculty has the resources to produce knowledge that impacts the world.”
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is not the same school it was when Paul Almeida joined the faculty in 1995. International competition to attract top business students has increased. And technological change has broadened teaching methods as well as student expectations from that instruction. Meanwhile, business continues to globalize.
“Employers will more rapidly adopt digital screening processes to broaden their reach, and hire the very best candidates,” says Paul Almeida, dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington DC. “Business schools will offer more electives around data, analytics, and artificial intelligence — all using new [online] platforms [which are] increasingly becoming standard practice,” he adds.
Paul Almeida, dean and William R. Berkley Chair at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, says that like individual vows to lose weight, quit smoking, or eat well, business schools’ vows “are about being better in the future.” The beginning of a new year is a time “to reflect a bit on our past and on the opportunities of the future,” he adds. And he’s come up with three ways schools will have to change.
An op-ed by Paul Almeida, dean and William R Berkley chair: “When Pope Francis assumed the papacy in 2013, there were cheers from many around the world. Francis was the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit. While his appointment focused new attention on the Jesuit Order, the Society of Jesus has been around since 1540, when it was founded by St Ignatius Loyola.
When nearly half of Greater Washington’s business schools saw their deans turn over in the past year, it was hard not to notice. But is it time to worry? Not necessarily, experts say. Such leadership change can be good for universities, particularly if they’re facing declining enrollment, which has been a challenge nationally.
On August 1, the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business will welcome a new dean, Paul Almeida. Almeida is the current Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Innovation, as well as a Professor of Strategy and International Studies. When he takes his place as dean, Almeida will also become the William R. Berkley Chair.
Paul Almeida, a longtime member of the Georgetown University academic community, has been named the next dean and William R. Berkley chair of the McDonough School of Business. Almeida, scheduled to start Aug. 1, has worked at Georgetown for more than two decades, most recently as deputy dean for executive education and innovation, and before that, as senior associate dean for executive programs. He also serves as a professor of strategy of strategy and international business.
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business tapped an insider for its open deanship. The school announced today (June 1) that Paul Almeida, deputy dean of executive education and innovation — a title made up specifically for Almeida — will take over the school’s top leadership job. When Almeida officially assumes his post on August 1, it will conclude a year-long gap after former Dean David Thomas stepped down last July.
Paul Almeida doesn’t care too much about “titles and stuff.” What does he care about? “I like building new opportunities,” Georgetown McDonough’s new deputy dean of executive education and innovation tells Poets&Quants. “I like searching in new spaces.”