Harris Dean Diermeier Will Take Provost Post

Diermeier wrote a book about managing institutional reputations.

By Garrett Williams

Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy, will be appointed provost of the University, effective July 1, according to an announcement by the University yesterday. He will replace Provost Eric D. Isaacs, who will assume the role of Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation, and National Laboratories.

Diermeier has served as dean of the Harris School since 2014. Prior to joining UChicago as the Emmett Dedmon Professor of Public Administration, he taught at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business at  and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. His writings, which include two books and over 90 academic publications, cover political science, economics, management, psychology, computer science, and applied mathematics, among other subjects.

Diermeier’s most recent book, Reputation Rules: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset, addresses how institutions can maximize their reputation and public appeal, as well as minimize the backlash to corporate mishaps.

He also has experience as an adviser to government, non-profit, and corporate organizations including Accenture, BP, the City of Chicago, the FBI, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, and UnitedHealth Group, among many others. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester, as well as two master’s degrees in political science and a master’s in philosophy.

Isaacs began his term as provost in late 2013. Before taking the post, Isaacs had been the director of Argonne National Laboratory and the first director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials.