64 | Developing Leaders Issue 27: 2017 Practitioner Insights As an engineering undergraduate at Penn State, Eric Johnson never imagined that someday he would be the dean of a business school. “That was never the plan,” says Johnson, who became dean of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2013. “I never even thought I’d be professor to be honest with you. I thought I would be an engineer in Silicon Valley to this day. ”