Meet the David J. Nolan Dean

Lynn Perry Wooten
Lynn Perry Wooten
David J. Nolan Dean
Professor of Management and Organizations

Lynn Perry Wooten began her appointment as the David J. Nolan Dean and a professor of management and organizations for Cornell University's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management on July 1, 2017.

Wooten joined Cornell from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, where she served as senior associate dean for academic and student excellence and a clinical professor of strategy, management, and organizations. As dean, she succeeded Edward McLaughlin, the Robert G. Tobin Professor of Marketing, who was appointed interim dean on June 21, 2016.

Wooten's teaching and expertise focus on leadership and organizational development. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting in 1988 from North Carolina AT&T University, her MBA in 1990 from Duke University, and her doctorate in business administration in 1995 from the Ross School.

Upon completion of her doctorate, Wooten spent three years as assistant professor of management at the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business. She returned to Michigan in 1998 and served in numerous positions in the 19 years prior to her joining the Dyson School.

These included two key leadership roles in Wooten's areas of expertise. From 2008 to 2011, she served as co-faculty director of the Center for Positive Organizations, a research hub with a focus on building high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. From 2008 to 2017, she was the co-faculty director of the Executive Leadership Institute, a leadership certificate program for emerging senior leaders in the nonprofit human services industry.

Wooten was named associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Ross School in 2011 and served in that capacity until 2016, when she was named to her most recent position at Ross.

Wooten has taught such courses as corporate strategy, knowledge management, organizational behavior, and consulting. Her research interests include crisis leadership, positive organizing routines, strategic human resource management, and workforce diversity and competitive advantage.

Reflecting her areas of expertise, Wooten has authored or co-authored 28 scholarly articles, including a 2016 research briefing, "Creating an organization of leaders: A positively deviant approach," which appeared in the journal Progress in Pediatrics. She is also co-author of the book Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During and After a Crisis (2010). Additionally, Wooten is a regular speaker at academic and industry-related conferences across the country.

Wooten has served on the Work/Life Executive Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America.

Learn more about Wooten, and stay up to date with her latest blogs on the Dyson Business Feed.