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. In her first year, she led Kellogg to map out a bold seven-year plan for transforming the school by: restructuring administrative operations, strengthening its degree portfolio, investing in path-breaking thought leadership, deepening global connectivity, and leveraging Kellogg's distinctive culture.

Since launching the plan, the team has made significant progress under Blount’s leadership – repeatedly breaking fundraising records with the school's $350 million Transforming Together campaign; constructing a 415,000-square-foot, lakefront, state-of-the-art education center; expanding Kellogg's premier Executive MBA Global Network and enhancing Kellogg’s international standing.

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In addition to leading Kellogg, Blount is also a director at Abbott Laboratories. And she serves on the advisory boards for the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, Indian School of Business, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, and Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil. 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, the Financial Times and The Economist, to name but a few.

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. 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.