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November 28, 2023

UoPeople Announces John Quelch as New Business Administration Dean

Dr. John Quelch

(PASADENA, CA) – The University of the People (UoPeople) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John A. Quelch as its new Dean of Business Administration. Quelch is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School and the Leonard M. Miller University Professor at the University of Miami, where he previously served as Vice Provost and Dean of the Miami Business School. In this pro bono, part-time volunteer position, Quelch will bring his international educational experience and expertise to enhance further the academic leadership at UoPeople, the first non-profit, tuition-free, American-accredited online university.

As the Dean of Business at UoPeople, Quelch will help to advance the mission of the university to provide accessible, affordable, and quality higher education to learners around the world. His dedication to educational excellence and extensive leadership experience make him an invaluable addition to the UoPeople community. UoPeople serves 61,920 certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s Business Administration students, including 24,211 studying in Arabic.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Quelch to the University of the People family,” said UoPeople President Shai Reshef. “John’s track record of leadership and commitment to making a positive impact on higher education worldwide aligns perfectly with our university’s mission. We look forward to the contributions he will make as we continue to empower our 137,000 students from around the globe by providing accessible and affordable quality education.”

Between 2013 and 2017, Quelch held a joint appointment at both HBS and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as Professor of Health Policy and Management. Between 2011 and 2013, Quelch served as Dean, Vice President and Distinguished Professor of International Management at CEIBS, China’s leading business school. Between 2001 and 2011, he was the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School, teaching marketing in the Advanced Management program. He served as Dean of the London Business School from 1998 to 2001. Prior to 1998, he was the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and Co-Chair of the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School.

Quelch was educated at Exeter College, Oxford University (BA and MA), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA), the Harvard School of Public Health (SM) and Harvard Business School (DBA).
“I am honored to be taking over for my long-time friend, New York University Professor, Russell S. Winer, as the pro-bono Dean of Business Administration at UoPeople. I have long admired the university’s mission to provide educational access to deserving students around the globe who would otherwise never be able to earn a college degree. I look forward to assisting President Reshef, the faculty volunteers and the full-time staff, in striving to accomplish UoPeople’s important mission” said Quelch.

“I want to thank Russ for his incredible leadership as the founding dean of our Business Administration,” said Reshef. “Russ helped build our business programs from the ground up and was instrumental in UoPeople’s success in providing a high-quality educational experience for our students. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role, guiding our business administration programs to continued growth and success.” Winer is UoPeople’s founding Dean of Business, who has served in this position since 2009 and will continue to play a critical role at the university as a Business Administration Advisory Board member.


About University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution. It is the first non-profit, tuition-free, American-accredited online university. Currently, there are over 137,000 students from more than 200 countries and territories. Designed to open access to higher education globally, UoPeople helps qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies. The university offers certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, computer science, and health science, as well as MBA, MSIT, and M.Ed. programs. Graduates of UoPeople can be found working at such companies as Deloitte, Amazon, Apple, Pfizer, Google, Microsoft, and IBM. UoPeople collaborates with Harvard Business School Online, NYU Abu Dhabi, McGill University, and the University of Edinburgh and has been supported by foundations such as the Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation. Learn more at