Dean Blount

Kellogg Dean Sally Blount

Sally Blount
DEAN / Kellogg School of Management
Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management & Organizations


Sally Blount is an internationally recognized thought leader in management and negotiation, as well as a high-impact executive, simultaneously leading a top 10 global business school and serving on a Fortune 200 Board of Directors. Dynamic, decisive, strategic and savvy, Sally Blount is a rare combination – a big thinker and an effective operator.

Blount was named dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2010. Throughout her deanship, she launched and completed a seven-year plan to transform Kellogg and the future of business education by: restructuring administrative operations and faculty governance, repositioning and strengthening the school’s degree portfolio, deepening global connectivity, and better leveraging Kellogg's distinctive culture and thought leadership.

Under Blount's leadership, the team raised more than $375 million as part of the Transforming Together campaign; completed construction of a 415,000-square-foot, lakefront, state-of-the-art Global Hub; expanded Kellogg's premier Executive MBA Global Network and enhanced Kellogg's international standing.

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In addition to leading Kellogg, Blount is also a director of Abbott Laboratories, Ulta Beauty and the Joyce Foundation. She serves on several advisory boards for international business schools affiliated with Kellogg, as well as on the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program board and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Finance Council. In 2012, Blount was also the co-chair for the World Economic Forum in Latin America.

Blount's academic research and unique perspective on business have been featured in both prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Negotiation Journal and the Academy of Management Review as well as top business news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist, to name a few. In 2017 she was named the Poets & Quants Dean of the Year and a LinkedIn Top Voice in Management and Workplace.

Blount graduated from Princeton University with a joint degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a proud alumna of Kellogg, where she received her Ph.D. in management and organizations. Blount serves as Kellogg's Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management & Organizations at Kellogg and has taught courses in behavioral decision making, ethics, leadership, negotiations, management and organizational behavior.

Previously, Blount was dean at New York University's Stern School of Business Undergraduate College and vice dean of the school. She was also on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for nearly a decade. Blount began her career as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

Dean Sally Blount

Practitioners and professors must unite

Financial Times / Dean Sally Blount explains that in order to keep up with the rapid changes in the business world, business schools must combine the work of practitioners and professors to create relevant teaching.