Howard H. Stevenson P'03
Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor emeritus; Former Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing and Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company
Howard H. Stevenson is Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor (Emeritus), senior associate dean, director of publishing, and board chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board. The Sarofim-Rock Chair was established in 1982 to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship. Professor Stevenson is its first incumbent.
He served as the vice provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning and senior associate provost; senior associate dean and director of external relations at Harvard Business School, leading a successful capital campaign; chair of the Latin American Faculty Advisory Group; and senior associate dean and director of financial and information systems for Harvard Business School. Additionally, he has been chair of the Owner/President Management Program in Executive Education, and of the Publications Review Board for the Harvard Business School Press of Harvard Business Publishing Company.
Stevenson was a founder and first president of the Baupost Group. When he resigned from active management, Baupost assets had grown to more than $400 million. Now, he co-chairs the advisory board of Baupost LLC, a $22 billion registered investment company. Additionally, Stevenson was vice president of finance and administration and a director of Preco Corporation, a large, privately held manufacturing company. He also served as vice president of Simmons Associates, a small investment banking firm specializing in venture financing.
Prior to 1978, Stevenson held various academic appointments at Harvard University, specializing in real property asset management and general management. He earned his BS in mathematics with distinction from Stanford, and his MBA with high distinction and DBA degrees from Harvard University. He was a recipient of the ALCOA and Ford Foundation Fellowships for graduate study, and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in 2007, by the Université de Montréal.
Stevenson has authored, edited, or co-authored 12 books and 42 articles. He also has authored, co-authored, or supervised more than 150 cases at Harvard Business School. Currently, Stevenson is a director of CDM Smith as well as a trustee for several private trusts and foundations. He is a life trustee of the Boston Ballet and has been a director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, where he served as president from 1996 to 2000. He is on the board of National Public Radio, and served as chairman of National Public Radio board of directors from 2008–2010. He is a trustee of Mount Auburn Hospital, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a trustee emeritus of the Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts. Stevenson is a member of the governing board of INSPER School of Business in Sao Paulo, Brazil.