Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Harvard Business School Appoints Rupal Gadhia as New Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid
Harvard Business School has recently announced the appointment of Rupal Gadhia as its new managing director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. This decision comes as a surprise to many, as Gadhia has no previous admissions experience and will be leaving her position as the global head of marketing for SharkNinja robots after just 11 months.
Gadhia, who is of Indian descent, will be the first person of Indian descent to hold the top admissions job at Harvard Business School. Despite her lack of admissions experience, she is determined to learn from the MBA team and recruit talented students. The decision to appoint Gadhia was made following a national search conducted by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
In her new role, Gadhia will be responsible for partnering with various stakeholders and overseeing the admissions process to ensure a diverse and talented MBA class. One of her key goals is to increase access and affordability, particularly for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Gadhia’s personal background includes being born to Indian parents in Uganda and later settling in Rochester, NY.
Gadhia herself is a Harvard Business School alumna, having graduated from the prestigious institution in 2004. Since then, she has held various marketing and branding positions, which she believes have equipped her with the necessary skills and experience for her new role at Harvard.
Despite initial skepticism surrounding her appointment, Gadhia is eager to prove her capabilities and make a positive impact on the admissions process at Harvard Business School. She expresses enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to the school’s mission and believes her diverse background and professional experience will help in attracting top talent.
Harvard Business School’s decision to appoint Gadhia reflects its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its admissions process. By bringing in someone with a unique perspective and background, the school aims to create a more inclusive and enriching environment for its MBA students.
As Gadhia assumes her new position, all eyes are on her to see how she navigates the challenges of admissions and financial aid. Her determination to learn and grow in this new role, coupled with her passion for increasing access and affordability, will undoubtedly shape the future of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School.