James E. Howell (1928-2019)

JamesE.Howell (1928-2019)
Academic Area: 
Economics

Bio

James E. Howell is recognized in academic circles for his co-authorship of the famous “Gordon-Howell” report that helped initiate a nationwide change in business schools in the second half of the twentieth century.  Yet he also played a pivotal role locally in helping newly-hired Dean Ernest Arbuckle transform Stanford GSB into a world-class institution. In the fall of 2018, Howell, the Theodore J. Kreps Professor of Economics Emeritus, celebrated sixty years since he arrived at Stanford GSB in 1958 — as well as his ninetieth birthday.

A California native growing up in both Fresno and the Bay Area, Howell graduated from Fresno State College, then went to the University of Illinois for his MA and Yale for his PhD. He was eventually recruited by the Ford Foundation to work on a survey of educational institutions and came to Stanford GSB as part of the school’s efforts to reorganize its image along the lines of the reform of business schools and management education in the Fifties and Sixties.  read more…