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And So the Journey Begins
July 15, 2010

Twice in my life now, I’ve had the pleasure of saying "yes" to the Kellogg School at Northwestern— first as a graduate student and now as its dean. The first time was life-changing. I have no doubt that the second time will be as well. Both decisions were motivated by the same reason: Kellogg is a business school like no other.

As a graduate student, I saw in Kellogg a school that was on the move, crackling with energy and dynamism. Intellectually, it was a place where I could combine doctoral study in psychology and economics and explore those topics with some of the best minds in the country. Kellogg's unique approach helped me to find my intellectual voice. Personally, I also benefitted tremendously from its distinctly collaborative and progressive faculty culture.

Now, as dean, I see in Kellogg a school that uniquely balances the study of markets with the study of management and truly embodies collaboration and innovation in research and education. It is a place that doesn't rest on past successes. It is a school that constantly strives to do and be more, to earn its reputation every day.

Over coming months, I’ll have the opportunity to work with our faculty, students, administrators, and alumni to reacquaint myself with all that Kellogg is in 2010; and over time, we’ll work to envision our trajectory for the school’s second century. Along the way, I will reflect on this exploration publicly and will welcome your thoughts and feedback. They can be sent to me at

Today, as I officially begin my role as dean,  I am struck with a sense of awe and wonder—personally, as I come back full circle to where my academic career began some 20 years ago; professionally, as I step forward to take up my leg of the amazing trail that Don Jacobs and Dipak Jain have blazed for Kellogg.

And so the journey begins . . . .

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