Erin Nixon Joins Stanford GSB as Assistant Dean of Admissions

Nixon brings “rare combination of talents” and broad international experience.

April 15, 2024

| by GSB Staff

Erin Nixon | Maria Åstrand

Erin Nixon, an executive and entrepreneur with strong experience in strategic management and operations, has been named assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

I’ve experienced firsthand how [Stanford GSB] transforms the trajectory of its students.
Erin Nixon

Nixon, who earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees at Stanford, returns to Stanford GSB for a role that she says “at its heart, is about identifying and connecting with smart, highly motivated people who want to make a difference in the world. It is about bringing them together to create a strong, robust community, representing a wide variety of lived experiences, ambitions, and perspectives, united by common values.”

Over her 20-year career, Nixon has built and managed teams across multiple industries and international locations. After five years at Boston Consulting Group, she joined LinkedIn, where she was responsible for growing the global talent brand business, overseeing a team based in 18 countries around the world.

She then pivoted into the world of wine, opening an acclaimed wine bar and restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. In Barcelona, she has also worked as a strategy and operations leader and advisor for a few startups and small businesses, including a tech-enabled mental health provider and a digital marketing and brand agency for wine and spirits.

“We did a comprehensive, international search for someone who could do great work in a role that requires numerous skills — representing the GSB, managing a large professional team, and assessing talent and potential,” says Stanford GSB Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Oyer. “Erin has that rare combination of talents that will enable her to excel in all the aspects of this position. She is a great addition to the GSB’s leadership team.”

“I’m delighted to step into this role because I feel deeply aligned with the mission and goals of Stanford GSB,” Nixon says. “I’ve experienced firsthand how it transforms the trajectory of its students, unlocking leadership potential to drive meaningful impact in the world. Stanford is an incredibly inspiring place, and it’s a dream to be able to return to the Farm and serve the GSB community in this way.”

Nixon begins her new duties on July 1.

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