School of Continuing Education gets new dean

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Jason Wingard, formerly the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, has been appointed the new dean of the School of Continuing Education. Wingard’s deanship begins July 1.

“Jason Wingard’s leadership has been demonstrated in the academy, in a variety of innovative private-­sector roles, and in the books he has authored,” President Lee C. Bollinger said, in announcing Wingard’s new appointment. “He is an ideal person to build on the record of innovation and growth that has occurred at the school under dean Kristine Billmyer, who will be returning to our faculty at the end of this academic year.” Billmyer announced last August that she would be stepping down.

Jason Wingard

At Goldman Sachs, Wingard oversaw Goldman Sachs University, a continuing­-education program in which employees take financial-­training courses and are immersed in the culture, principles, and history of the firm. Previously, he led executive education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a senior fellow of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.

Wingard graduated from Stanford, completed master’s degrees at Emory University and Harvard, and earned a PhD in education, culture, and society at the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book is Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change.

“I am privileged and honored to join a faculty and community at Columbia that is dedicated to best­-in-­class excellence in scholarship, thought leadership, and practical application,” said Wingard. “The objective, during my tenure, will be to continue to improve upon the quality and innovation of the academic program, deepen and extend internal and external partnerships and stakeholder engagements, and secure Columbia as one of the most eminent global leaders in interdisciplinary professional education.”

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