Carnegie Mellon University
November 08, 2022

Welcoming David Major, Inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

A message from Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

To our Tepper School community,

I am pleased to announce that David Major, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Global Strategy at the University of Miami Herbert Business School, is joining the Tepper School of Business as the inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B), effective Feb. 1, 2023.

As the DEI&B Associate Dean, Major will serve the Tepper School community as a leader to advance our commitment to DEI&B and to contribute to making the school a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all to thrive. His role is charged with delivering vision, strategic direction, coordination, and implementation on DEI&B throughout the Tepper School. He will support efforts to recruit, develop, and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students. Major will advance efforts to strengthen the sense of belonging at the Tepper School and develop ways to foster engagement. He will provide thought leadership, cultivate key partnerships, and develop inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical practices. Filling this position is a major step in the school’s DEI&B Strategic Plan. In addition to his role as the Associate Dean, DEI&B, Major joins the faculty as Teaching Professor of Strategy at the Tepper School.

This new position brings Major back to his alma mater. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management - Engineering and Sciences with a minor in Economics at Carnegie Mellon in 1994. Subsequently, he graduated with a MBA from the Tepper School in 1996. Major earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, where he received the Allan N. Nash Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Major has held many important positions at the University of Miami over the past four years. He served as Faculty Senate Chair of Equity and Inclusion; as Global Chair of OneMBA (a multi-country consortium of executive MBA programs); and as Academic Director of HBCU-Start (an entrepreneurship immersion program for students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities). He also received Miami Herbert’s excellence in teaching award. Prior to this, he spent ten years as faculty at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in the areas of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. While there, he received the Kelley Faculty Service Award and served on the dean’s taskforce on diversity.

Please join me in congratulating David Major on his new leadership role at the Tepper School.


Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Tepper School of Business