Carnegie Mellon University

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March 22, 2018

Maria Taylor Named Executive Director of Executive Education at the Tepper School of Business

As executive director of the Tepper School’s Executive Education program, Maria Taylor will work with Carnegie Mellon University faculty across campus to develop programs that translate emerging academic research into practical business solutions for corporate clients. Executive Education programs offered at the Tepper School include both customized learning solutions and open enrollment programs for individuals in four key areas: analytics, innovation, technology and leadership. 

“I’m thrilled to join this world-class institution whose leadership in technology and innovation are influencing the way businesses solve problems amid the complexity of today’s marketplace,” Taylor said. “It is exciting to work with the brightest minds in computer science, AI, engineering, robotics, design and financial technologies to create interdisciplinary solutions for our clients around the world.”

Before joining the Tepper School, Taylor served as the director of learning solutions for Raytheon Professional Services, an international leader in educational services and outsourcing operations; the managing director of Executive Education for the Smeal College of Business Administration at The Pennsylvania State University; and vice president for Maryland National Bank.

“The Tepper School is excited to bring Maria and her expertise to the program. Her leadership and unparalleled track record will be instrumental in expanding and accelerating the executive education activities of the Tepper School,” Robert Dammon, dean of the Tepper School and professor of financial economics, said. “As we transition to our new home in the Tepper Quad this fall, it is imperative that we deepen our commitment to educating business leaders to effectively manage and lead in a dynamic, global business environment.”

Taylor has co-authored “Human Resource Transformation” (Davies-Black 2008) and “The Strategic Human Resource Leader: How to Prepare Your Organization for the 6 Key Trends Shaping the Future” (Davies-Black 1998). She has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, the Journal of Management Development and the Institute for the Study of Organizational Effectiveness. With Penn State’s Leadership and Innovation Laboratory, Taylor’s most recent research focuses on how organizations identify and develop innovation leaders.

Taylor holds a MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Pennsylvania State University.