note: This edition of Kellogg World
focuses on the Kellogg School's student culture as viewed
through the lens of the Full-Time Program. While equally strong
cultures exist in both the Part-Time and Executive MBA programs,
telling those stories properly demands sufficient and distinct
space, which will be allotted to both programs in the summer
and winter editions of this magazine.
students, faculty and staff enjoy a vibrant partnership that
enhances learning and leadership, producing a unique culture
where the entire team creates the academic experience
at that," says Ed
Wilson, flipping past a yellowed page with maybe a dozen
faces. "The entire administration is right there."
Wilson's office, a sort of unofficial archive for the Kellogg
School, the associate dean emeritus for master's degree programs
and student affairs holds a booklet dating from 1976, four
years after he arrived at what was then called the Graduate
School of Management at Northwestern University. In perhaps
40 narrow pages the school's story is sketched out, its faculty
and staff named and pictured, its students displayed —
about 400 of them, some sporting chunky-framed glasses and
sideburns, others with hair cropped more conservatively. One
quarter are women, an enormous jump from a couple years earlier
when just 5 percent enrolled. Nearly half come from the Midwest.
decades later, Wilson beams remembering the close-knit team
that he says worked tirelessly to elevate the school through
aggressive student and faculty recruiting. It was also a time
of curriculum enhancements that, in the shadows of Vietnam,
extended the frameworks for what management could accomplish
in the corporate world and beyond, venturing into the nonprofit
and public sectors and appealing to a new generation of students
suspicious of business-as-usual. Today, Wilson remains proud
of what that lean but dedicated staff could accomplish.
were one-deep. I was dean of admissions and didn't have a
full-time assistant," he says. Any hint of complaint
is immediately swept aside by his obvious affection for Kellogg.
"It was enormously satisfying, but I can't tell you how
many hours we worked. We were happy, though, because we believed
our efforts were making a noble contribution to a fine institution."
Women's Business Association provided me,
as a first-year student, an opportunity to
be a director of external relations. I had
such a great time getting to know the women
in this organization, planning events and
speaking with prospective female students.
It has been a great source of wonderful friendships
and a network that I know I will continue
to value." Aparna Phatak '06
the mother of invention
staff was limited, its aspirations were not. What's more,
far from being a liability, the slim administration inspired
a fruitful partnership with students that became the cornerstone
of Kellogg School culture, giving rise to a host of initiatives
that have created extraordinary leadership and learning opportunities.
is our view that students are partners with us on the journey,"
says Dean Dipak
C. Jain. "We engage their ideas and talents to bring
vibrancy to the Kellogg culture. By encouraging them to participate
in all areas of the school — including roles in the
recruiting and interviewing of new students — we create
real opportunities for them to develop and test their leadership
skills, and we invite them, as alumni, to remain connected
with us as partners for their entire lives."
of the students who understood the partnership model early
was Mary Corbitt Clark.
the time she began her business education in 1973, Tony Orlando
and Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" was an AM radio
hit, the sci-fi thriller "Soylent Green" was making
people wonder about what was really in that sandwich, and
the OPEC oil crisis hit, quadrupling the price of oil and
nearly doubling U.S. gasoline prices. Tuition at the School
of Management stood at $900 per quarter.
did Clark realize that when she walked into the school another
decade would pass before she would leave, despite earning
her degree in 1975.
I arrived, I also began a professional association with the
school, working as the graduate assistant in the admissions
office," says Clark, who today is executive director
of Winning Workplaces, an Evanston-based nonprofit whose mission
is to help small and mid-sized organizations create productive
work environments. "From the beginning, I was treated
as a colleague."
student to staff: Mary Corbitt Clark, left, began her
Kellogg education in 1973, going on to become the school's
admissions director. With her in this 1978 photo are,
from center, Kathleen Gwynn, assistant director of admissions,
and Scarlett Stewart '79, graduate assistant.
would go on to become admissions director when Wilson moved
to take a new position as associate dean for student affairs
accepted the full-time position in the admissions office because
I believed it offered an opportunity to assume a good deal
of responsibility quickly and have an impact on the school's
development," says Clark. "Both of those things
in the middle of that decade, the student culture was still
developing. One telling sign of those times was the school's
"wives' club" that pursued its own professional
and social programs. (The club's legacy lives on today in
the Kellogg School's Joint
Ventures Program, an organization founded in 1982 for
spouses and significant others, including same-sex partners,
designed to reach out to the families of students, so they
can share in the Kellogg culture too.)
in my Kellogg experience there was little in the way of student
activities," Clark remembers. Occasional parties sponsored
by the Graduate Management Association* (GMA)
punctuated an otherwise informal social life
at the school, she says.
workplaces capture the spirit and invite the
kind of personal commitment [seen at] Kellogg
over the years. The culture of inviting ideas
and involvement, and sharing responsibility,
is what great organizations achieve, and I
initially learned about that firsthand at
Mary Corbitt Clark '75, student
member of the Admissions Selection Committee;
Kellogg School director of admissions (1977-82)
though, students approached the administration with ideas
to augment the classroom lessons.
were interested in enriching their experience, and many looked
for extracurricular and volunteer activities," says Clark.
"Bright, creative students had many good ideas, and when
they were willing to work to turn those ideas into reality,
there was endorsement and support from the school."
resources were scarce, the school challenged students to take
the lead on endeavors they petitioned for, including a student
newspaper, a yearbook, the weekly social event known as TG,
and a convocation ceremony (the first, in 1978, featured Karl
D. Bays, chairman of American Hospital Supply Corp. and chair
of the school's advisory council, addressing graduates and
cautioning them about pitfalls of competition, encouraging
instead collaborative learning).
message from the school? Students could have it all, as long
as they made it happen and obtained the administration's blessing.
weren't exploiting the students; we were giving them practical
leadership experience," says Donald
P. Jacobs, who served as Kellogg School dean from 1975
until 2001. "It broadened their education, and a lot
of the esprit around here comes from the fact that the students
are part of the culture. It has changed the way the place
feels and acts."
early in the effort to increase student interaction, Fred
Hundt recalls how he and the GMA instituted "TG."
The Class of 1979 graduate and GMA president says he and his
peers also collaborated with the administration to create
a student newspaper and the first points-based course bidding
system. In all these initiatives, Hundt says the school's
leadership proved "supportive and very approachable."
he remembers being nervous about bringing TG to Northwestern,
particularly since Evanston at that time prohibited alcohol
sales. "The afternoon of the first TG there was a lot
of apprehension about the administration's reaction,"
says Hundt. "I remember the hush in the student lounge
when Dean Jacobs strode in. He walked up to me and asked,
'Fred, where can a man get a beer around here?'" The
dean's participation and the administration's support were
critical to the success of this now-legendary Kellogg touchstone,
Kellogg, students are challenged to produce ideas in a
collaborative environment, such as that provided by Steven
Rogers, the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor
of Entrepreneurship. Photo
© Nathan Mandell
passion for academic content also inspired continuous innovation
at the school. Over time, clubs and conferences grew in number
and prominence. Students pushed for offerings such as Global
Initiatives in Management (GIM), as well as cultural staples,
such as the theatrical revue, Special
K!. With GIM and Tech Venture, courses that include
intensive field excursions to business and technology hubs
around the world, students have produced
research, working closely with faculty to co-create
knowledge that has been published in texts, such as Kellogg
on Innovation & Technology and Kellogg on Global
Issues in Management. This ability to "dig deeper,"
in the words of Dean Jain, is one way students create real
intellectual value, adding their ideas to important academic
Brasfield Langewisch, it is this spirit of innovation
that she says helps drive "continual improvement"
at Kellogg. "Their passion for the school and its culture
is the most important element that students bring to the table,"
says the assistant dean and director of student life and experiences.
real innovation to work, though, demands commitment from all
participants — a quality that is integral to the school's
the interactions between students and the administration,
we were all aware that Kellogg was a really special place
because of its people," says Tim Hennessey '87,
who served as GMA president. "Everyone was accessible,
friendly and willing to work. Kellogg was the first business
school to recognize these talents as vital to successful leaders,
and it identified and cultivated these talents in the student
Graduate Management Association was the student government
body, giving official voice to student concerns and serving
as the principle contact between the students and the school
administration. In 2005, students elected to change the name
of this organization to the Kellogg Student Association. Back
page: "Enduring culture unites
past and current students"
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