From the Dean
Dear Kellogg School
These are exciting times for the Kellogg School and its
worldwide network of alumni, partners and friends. We continue
to expand the range and reach of our thought leadership in
dramatic ways, both at home and internationally.
magazine highlights some of our efforts to broaden the
Kellogg School brand globally. In these pages many of
our faculty and graduates contribute their insights regarding
todayís international business environment, and they discuss
strategies leaders are using to address market challenges
they face while doing business around the planet.
This global emphasis is not new for the Kellogg School.
When I became dean in June 2001, my colleagues and I articulated
three main priorities for Kellogg:
ï We promised to continue investing
in the Kellogg School brand by pursuing points of differentiation
and leveraging these to bolster our top position among the
elite echelon of management educators;
ï We identified the need to strengthen
our alumni network by creating lifelong-learning initiatives
that brought our graduates together;
ï We recognized the importance of enhancing
the visibility and reputation of the Kellogg School on the
progress in these areas includes the Kellogg Alumni Network
that launched Jan. 14 and is receiving excellent
feedback. I was in Houston on the day of the Web siteís debut,
and I heard an immediate positive response from alumni there
who appreciated this new tool as a great way to connect alumni,
update contact information and remain engaged in the overall
life of the Kellogg School.
continue to define our points of differentiation by strengthening
our platform of thought-, team- and market
leadership. We have enhanced our curriculum accordingly,
including integrating a "360-degreeî leadership assessment
for all incoming students. We have significantly revised
our traditional orientation agenda that begins each academic
year, too. This pre-term program now features the courses Leadership
in Organizations (designed for first-year students) and Leadership
at Times of Crisis (intended for second-year students).
important, we are extending the reach of our faculty
and alumni thought leadership internationally ó a fact
recognized by the Kellogg School earning No. 1 rankings
in the area
of global business by the Economist Intelligence Unit and AsiaInc.
We continue to develop creative ways to partner with senior
leaders in both business and government around the world,
as youíll learn by reading this issue of Kellogg World.
To continue with our initiatives, we need resources. At
the last Alumni Advisory Board meeting, I detailed the financial
situation of Kellogg and presented a history of alumni and
corporate giving to our school. So that we can increase our
efforts, the Board decided to focus on fund raising in conjunction
with alumni relations.
that end, I am happy to announce the appointment of Roger ìWhitî Shepard
as associate dean for development and alumni relations.
Whit brings nearly two decades of leadership
experience in fund raising. Most recently, he served as associate
chancellor for development and vice president at the University
of Illinois Foundation in Chicago.
It remains my distinct privilege as dean to serve each
of you in the Kellogg School community. Like all of you,
I am profoundly aware of how special the Kellogg network
is. Each day more people around the globe interact with our
alumni and discover why Kellogg has earned its reputation
for producing unparalleled leaders who are shaping the future
of business and government.
As always, we value your insights and contributions in
helping the Kellogg School remain the global management leader.
Warmest personal regards,