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Dean's Council Dinner honors loyal Kellogg supporters

'State of the school' address conveys strategic vision to stakeholders

By Matt Golosinski

Dozens of the Kellogg School's most generous alumni and friends gathered in the James L. Allen Center on Feb. 20 for a dinner to recognize their contributions.

"Your hard work has made our accomplishments possible," Dean Dipak C. Jain told attendees. "Kellogg will need your continued support as we pursue our mission of creating leaders who make contributions of lasting significance."

Each year, the Dean's Council Dinner honors those who make annual gifts to Kellogg of $1,000 or more. Many of these individuals also lend their time and talent to the school, helping shape leadership opportunities for Kellogg students and faculty.

"These occasions allow us to say 'thank you' for all you do," said David Besanko '82, senior associate dean for planning and external relations, before reintroducing guests to a familiar face who is assuming a new role at Kellogg. Longtime Kellogg administrator Edmund Wilson '84, associate dean emeritus, is stepping forward to serve the school again — this time as associate dean for alumni relations.

"We are putting people of the highest level of excellence in key roles," said Jain, an effort that includes focusing on alumni relationship management.

The dean also noted advances in the school's global brand over the last decade and in cultivating a richer alumni experience. "We have made enormous advances that enhance the Kellogg brand and global visibility," Jain said. Student applications continue to rise, up nearly 30 percent this year, he added, while GMAT scores average 720.

He appealed to supporters to help Kellogg achieve even greater accomplishments, saying, "Management roles have broadened; we need our graduates to be leaders, business icons in the community."

Continued priorities for the school include philanthropic support for teaching and research as well as student scholarships and facilities enhancements. Jain said he believes business schools will become "interdisciplinary hubs" within universities, allowing for the "monetization of knowledge."

Kellogg thanks its many loyal supporters. Those wishing to contribute to the school's success may contact Katie Lakey at 847.467.1646.

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