© Nathan Mandell
The ever-popular Wilson surrounded by Kellogg students
during CIM Week 2000.
to retire at end of school year
30 years, a Kellogg patriot says goodbye
Dean for Student Affairs Ed Wilson will retire at the end
of this school year, closing out a long and celebrated tenure
as one of the Kellogg School of Managements most popular
and familiar administrators.
a 1984 Kellogg graduate, made the formal announcement during
a February faculty meeting. The news was met with an audible
gasp from those assembled, some of whom had worked with the
affable Wilson for many of the 30 years he has spent at Kellogg,
first as director of admissions and financial aid, later as
director of the Executive Masters Program and the associate
dean for student affairs.
the reasons Wilson cited for his decision were his age
he turns 62 this year and longstanding tenure at the
school. I had the honor of serving under three deans
at Kellogg, all of whom displayed vision and dedication, and
I enjoyed every minute of it, said Wilson, adding that
he hopes the schools unmatched student culture
continues being nurtured.
C. Jain credited Wilson with leaving his imprint on any number
of initiatives that have significantly enhanced the quality
of student life at Kellogg. Students, even those who
graduated many years ago, all remember Ed. He has truly been
a vital part of the Kellogg School and it is with much sadness
that I accept his retirement, said Dean Jain.
Donald P. Jacobs, whose tenure closely matched Wilsons,
called the associate dean a major Kellogg patriot
and praised him for his exemplary service in every position
he has held at the school. In every responsibility,
Ed did a wonderful job, said Jacobs. Im
sure he knows of the high regard in which we all hold him.
has invited Wilson to assume a new role as Kelloggs
ambassador-at-large. While retiring from regular
service, Wilson will, in this new position, work with the
schools Development Department and Office of the Dean,
traveling periodically to network with Kellogg alumni and
supporters, a role that many believe Wilsons gregarious
personality is perfectly suited for.
news of the retirement, several former presidents of the Kellogg
Graduate Management Association (GMA) recalled their experiences
working with Wilson on various initiatives.
93 remembered Wilson as a great friend of the students,
one who continually acted with concern for us and guided
us through our many issues. Parker noted that he and
his peers were struck by the deep commitment Wilson demonstrated
to Kellogg. Without exception, we were all touched by
Dean Wilsons unflappable and cheerful manner,
photo: Wilson in his early years at Kellogg. Bottom
photo: Wilson threw out the first pitch for the Cubs
during a 1999 CIM Week visit to Wrigley Field.
Christian Barry 98 noted Wilsons passion, especially
during CIM Week activities when the associate dean facilitated
the events designed to transmit the Kellogg spirit to incoming
students. One doesnt forget the introduction to
Dean Wilson, said Barry. For some, it was the
huge smile on his face as
he kicked off CIM Week, helping lead those remarkable section
cheers. For others, it was watching him demonstrate the proper
technique for Dizzy Bat. And for others, it was
going to Wilsons office with a problem, then departing
with a resolution and the certainty that this dean really
cared deeply about students.
not only opened the door to his administrative office, but
also the door to his home, hosting Kellogg-related events
that demonstrated the spirit of the relationships he worked
to cultivate at the school. Some 12 years after graduation,
Dennis Valdes 90 still remembers Wilson as a role model
who welcomed students into his life, both on and off the job.
was so impressed that Dean Wilson would invite us into his
home for a Kellogg reception, rather than have the dinner
at the school, said Valdes, GMA president for 1989.
This hospitality showed me right away that Dean Wilson
would treat us as friends and colleagues, rather than business
associates. And thats the quality of his that I remember
through all the years Ive known him his ability
to make people comfortable and to communicate in an informal
and straightforward way. Its a quality that Ive
always admired and tried to emulate in my own dealings with
came to the Northwestern University School of Management in
1972 as director of admissions and financial aid programs
for the full-time and part-time programs. He served in that
capacity until 1982; a decade in which Kellogg received its
name, applications quadrupled, GMAT scores reached new highs
and the McManus Living-Learning center was created.
this time, Wilson became dean of students, a position he has
held for almost 25 years. He is credited with several new
initiatives that improved the quality of life for students
that led to what today is widely known as the Kellogg School
culture of teamwork and collegiality. Also during this period,
the Kellogg School rose in the ranks from a small Midwestern
U.S. business school to one of the leading management schools
in the world.
through 1999, Wilson was also director of the Executive Masters
Program, where he built the applicant pool and increased the
size of the program almost 80 percent. Dean Jain noted that
no U.S. ranking service has ever ranked Kelloggs Executive
Masters Program lower than No. 1. Much of this success,
Jain stated, is credited to the foundation that Wilson built
for the program.
Smith 02, GMA president for 2001: Dean Wilson
created the Kellogg culture, something now synonymous with
the Kellogg brand.This spirit is reflected in everything he
does his style, the way he communicates and his dedication
to students. Dean Wilson has been the driving force behind