06 Dec 2023

New Faculty Profiles: Clayton Rose


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to leaders across the globe. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Clayton Rose, Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice, General Management

What did you do before coming to HBS?
For the last eight years, I’ve served as the president of Bowdoin College. Before that, I was on the faculty here at HBS, joining in 2007. I taught LCA, The Moral Leader, Reimagining Capitalism, and I designed and taught Managing the Financial Firm.

How have you exercised leadership in business?
I worked at JP Morgan from 1980-2001. I led, managed, and fixed a number of businesses there, including as part of the small team that built Morgan’s global equity business from scratch. I ran that business, then the global investment bank at Morgan, was a member of the bank’s senior management team, and reported to the CEO. I also ran the bank’s diversity initiative in its early days, and I lived and worked in London for a period.

What will you be teaching?
I will be teaching leadership in AMP.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
I’ve been lucky enough to have a number of amazing opportunities over the years, and I am delighted to be back at HBS. There is nothing I’d rather be doing.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Marin County, California.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Time with my grandkids and fly fishing (and as they get older these two will merge).

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
A retired member of the Bowdoin art faculty, Mark Wethli, is a wonderful and acclaimed painter, and a friend. Mark did a piece in the 1990s called Under a Northern Sky that hangs at Bowdoin and has been exhibited throughout the country. Julianne and I love it. As a parting gift, the College’s board of trustees and senior staff commissioned Mark to create a piece for us in the same spirit. The Still Sea is magnificent and is our favorite work of art for itself, because of our relationship with Mark, and because of our deep attachment to Bowdoin.

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