Thomas O'Brien

Dean Emeritus of the Isenberg School of Management





B.A., Tufts University (Economics), 1960
Ph.D., Cornell University (Economics), 1969 

Research/Teaching Interests:

Public Policy and Business, Urban Economics, Public
Corporate Governance, Not-for-profit organizations,
Public Policy

Academic and professional activities:

Dean, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 1987-2006
Financial Vice President, Harvard University, 1977-87
Member, Court Management Advisory Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Member, Board of Directors, Channing Bete Co., Inc., 1999-present
Member, Board of Directors, Hillside Plastics Co., Inc., 2006-present
Member, Board of Directors, Springfield Institution for Savings, Family Bank, and Bank North Massachusetts, 1996-2001
Chair, Board of Directors, National Student Loan Clearinghouse, 1996-97
Member, Board of Directors, Business Mortgage Investors, 1992-2001
Chair, Commission on Long Term Care, Carnegie Corporation funded study, 1986-88
Member, Commission on College Retirement, 1983-86
Treasurer and Director, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, 1988-95


Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Fulbright Visiting Lecturer (Chile), 1986
National Science Foundation Fellowship
Ford Foundation Fellowship
White House Fellow