Andy Zelleke, an accomplished teacher and expert on corporate governance issues, will join the Center for Public Leadership as Co-Director beginning July 1.

“The Center faces many important challenges in the year ahead, and we are fortunate that Andy is becoming a key member of the team,” said David Gergen, Director of the Center and Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. “He is a fine man whose career I have watched for several years.”

A Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy, Zelleke teaches in the Leadership and Management area. His courses include Organizational Leadership and Governance, Strategic Management for Public Purposes, and Negotiation.

“In his new role at the Center, Zelleke will oversee daily operations and cocurricular offerings,” said Gergen. “He will also work to strengthen the relationship between the Center’s administrative side and its research faculty to bring the study of leadership to a new level in academia,” he added, noting that Zelleke will work closely on all these issues with Donna Kalikow, the Center’s acting Executive Director.

“With Andy coming aboard,” said Gergen, “my work as the Director of the Center will focus on strategy, projects such as fellowships, outside representation, and fundraising.”

Before joining the Kennedy School, Zelleke was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he taught negotiation in the MBA and undergraduate programs. At Wharton, he also taught corporate governance in executive education programs, including the Corporate Governance Essentials for New Directors course, which he helped to develop.

Previously, Zelleke was the project director and a steering committee member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ corporate responsibility initiative, for which he coedited the publication “Restoring Trust in American Business.” This initiative focused on the responsibilities of various “gatekeepers”—regulators, corporate directors, auditors, business lawyers, investment bankers, and journalists—in promoting responsible corporate conduct. His work has also appeared in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Directors & Boards, and Corporate Governance: An International Review.

Formerly a practicing business lawyer, Zelleke received an A.B. and Ph.D. (in organizational behavior) from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.