AFTERNOON HOST: JACOB COHEN
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master's Programs at MIT Sloan
When the opportunity to join MIT Sloan presented itself, it was too good to pass up for Jacob Cohen, who joined the School’s senior leadership this past summer as the new associate dean for undergraduate and master’s programs and senior lecturer. “MIT is an international powerhouse in the educational world—and I’ve always felt it attracts the smartest people through its doors,” he says. “I felt it was an honor and a privilege to join such a prestigious institution and to become part of its leadership team.”
Cohen comes to MIT after nine years at INSEAD where he most recently served as MBA dean overseeing the school’s MBA program on its campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. During his tenure at INSEAD, he executed a bold international strategy and expanded the school’s degree programs in scope and scale. “Jake’s experience in managing a large and successful MBA program will serve MIT Sloan well as we continue our movement toward shared services and portfolio-level strategic leadership across programs,” Dean Schmittlein stated in a recent press release.
As associate dean, Cohen is tasked with setting strategic and operational direction for MIT Sloan’s undergraduate management program and the growing suite of master’s programs. “I see a track record of tremendous accomplishment, as well as the potential for MIT Sloan to further itself in the management sphere,” Cohen says. “The portfolio of programs is expanding to capture more of the brightest students at various stages in their careers. But as we expand, we are also simultaneously working on finding synergies among all the MIT Sloan programs that create both a compelling and unique value proposition for prospective students.”
Cohen will also be serving as a senior lecturer for MIT Sloan students. Having previously taught at both INSEAD and Harvard Business School, Cohen has been especially impressed by the sharp, analytical nature of MIT Sloan students. “In most places I have taught, I focused on the big picture without delving into the details. However, at MIT Sloan, it was refreshing to see that the students not only wanted to understand the big picture, but they also had the intellectual curiosity to understand the exact breakdown of the issues—details matter.”
In addition to working closely with current students, Cohen hopes that his role as associate dean allows him to become more engaged with the alumni community as well. “We’re working to further MIT Sloan as a global brand and strengthen its global footprint for the next generation. I look forward to engaging and hearing from the alumni community in this process, and encourage alumni to reach out to me for insight and feedback as we go.”