Apple has hired the dean of Yale’s School of Management to head up a new program called Apple University, CNET reports. It’s not clear exactly what Joel Podolny will be working on at Apple, but a note from Yale President Richard Levin to students announcing Podolny’s departure said he would be leading "educational initiatives at Apple." He’ll join the company in early 2009, but Apple representatives are not commenting on what he’ll have on his plate, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple University could encompass several things: increased marketing and distribution to college students and universities, already a bastion of Apple’s customers; an expansion of a current project known as iTunesU, or an internal training program for Apple employees similar to McDonalds’ famed Hamburger University. The WSJ notes that Pixar–founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs–has a similar program in place for animators called Pixar University…

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