Bernard T. Ferrari is dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He served as the second dean of the Carey Business School from July 2012 until his retirement in July 2019.
Under his leadership, Carey's full-time enrollment grew by more than 400%, the number of full-time faculty members increased from 39 to more than 100, and academic programming significantly expanded for both in-person and online students. In 2017, Carey earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s leading authority on the quality assurance of business school programs. AACSB accreditation is considered a “hallmark of excellence” in business education.
Before joining the Carey Business School, Ferrari was a director at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he spent nearly two decades leading McKinsey’s health care practice and the firm’s North American corporate strategy practice. After retiring from McKinsey in 2008, he founded and became chairman of the Ferrari Consultancy, serving clients in the financial services, transportation, energy, medical products, aviation, and heavy-equipment manufacturing sectors.
Ferrari was a cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester, where he also earned his MD. He began his professional career as a surgeon and later was chief operating officer and assistant medical director of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. Subsequently, he earned a JD magna cum laude from the Loyola University School of Law and an Executive MBA from the Tulane University School of Business.
Ferrari is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester. In 2012, the university awarded him the Dean’s Medal in recognition of his achievements and service. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former trustee of the Juilliard School. He is married to Linda Ferrari, a former commercial banker and an active docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
His papers have been published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, McKinsey Quarterly, and The New England Journal of Medicine. His book Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All was published in March 2012 and was named by WealthManagement.com as one of the 10 best business books of the year.