In July, Bernard T. Ferrari became dean of the Carey Business School. Ferrari has been a surgeon, a CEO of a medical center, a director of a global management consulting firm, and the chairman of his own business consultancy firm. That combination positions him well to take the helm of the Carey Business School, which recently announced that it was strengthening the focus of its degree programs on the study of business issues related to health care and the life sciences.
Ferrari, 64, was a director at McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner and health care consultant for nearly two decades. He retired from that position in 2008 and founded Ferrari Consultancy LLC, helping clients in financial services, transportation, energy, medical products, and other areas create business strategies. Prior to his stint at McKinsey, he was chief operating officer and assistant medical director of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and had been vice chairman of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery there. He holds bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Rochester, a JD from Loyola University School of Law, and an MBA from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business.
In an announcement to the university community, President Ron Daniels described Ferrari as "a proven leader, visionary strategist, and expert communicator, who values deeply the importance of building partnerships." Fresh on the job in early July, Ferrari said in an interview published in Bloomberg Businessweek, "We have some chronically weak sectors in the U.S. that we haven't put enough talent into, including health care, government, and education. Those sectors are begging for more talent infusion. It just so happens that this university has some extraordinary strength in those sectors, and I think by the business school collaborating with other parts of the university, we can create some very impactful educational experiences for future leaders in these areas. I am pretty excited about that."