New Dean Takes the Reins
David Gautschi has been named dean of the Lally School of
Management and Technology. Most recently principal and director
of research at CCG Group LLC, Gautschi has had a long and
significant career in the academic and business arena.
“Dean Gautschi is a thoughtful, energetic, personable, and
widely experienced leader,” says Rensselaer President Shirley
Ann Jackson. “He brings an outstanding combination of
successful teaching, scholarship, consulting, and program
leadership to Rensselaer at a time when we are moving boldly
into new fields that will be critically important in the 21st
Gautschi began his faculty career at Cornell University,
where he served as assistant professor of marketing 1978-1982.
To develop an understanding of international business, he
worked as an associate professor of marketing at INSEAD, a
premier European business school in Fontainebleau, France,
where he taught from 1982-1990.
From 1990-1992, Gautschi served as associate professor at
the Yale School of Organization and Management, where he
continued his research and teaching in the area of strategic
marketing decisions, retailing and market systems, and the
information and telecommunication industries.
He was recruited to the University of Washington in 1992 as
associate professor with tenure, was promoted in 1994 to
professor of marketing and international business, and in 1997,
was named the Kirby Cramer Scholar in Marketing at the
University of Washington. There, Gautschi founded the Global
Information and Telecommunications Industry Forum to foster
collaboration between industry and curriculum development
In 2000, Gautschi took a leave of absence to lead a new
practice in e-business in the Seattle office of Deloitte &
Touche, working with clients on analytical models for strategic
positioning, marketing, and management alignment. When the
passage of Sarbanes-Oxley federal legislation required that
this practice be separated from the firm’s audit practice,
Gautschi and a group of fellow consultants created CCG Group
LLC to use a laboratory model to help clients anticipate, plan
for, and solve problems that arise in the process of adopting
new technologies into organizations.
Gautschi received a B.A. in mathematics from the University
of Maine, Orono; an MBA in applied statistics from the
University of Oregon; and a Ph.D. in business administration
from the University of California, Berkeley.
Originally published in Rensselaer
Magazine, Fall 2005
Photo by Mark McCarty