INSEAD Dean Placed On Medical Leave

by John A. Byrne on

INSEAD Dean Dipak Jain

Dipak Jain, dean of INSEAD for little more than a year, has been placed on medical leave to undergo tests after he complained of exhaustion in recent weeks.

Jain, 54, apparently will remain on leave until August, when “a further assessment will be made by the INSEAD Board and Deputy Deans,” according to a memo sent to INSEAD faculty last week. Peter Zemsky deputy dean of degree programs and curriculum, has been named acting dean of the school.

The highly popular former dean of Northwestern’s Kellogg School, Jain has led one of Europe’s best business schools since March of 2011. An exceptionally gifted professor who was widely liked and admired by students and faculty alike, Jain had been dean of Kellogg from 2001 to 2009.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a school spokesperson said Jain, a vegetarian with no prior health problems, had been tired and unfocused for the past few weeks. “A battery of tests conducted in Paris in early May proved inconclusive, and Mr. Jain has returned to his former hometown, Chicago, for further examination,” according to the newspaper.

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