It's always satisfying to share with you news
of another successful academic year at the Kellogg School
— especially after a year that has been filled with
as many accomplishments and high points as this one.
In May, we enjoyed one of the most successful
Reunion weekends we have ever organized. More than 1,000 alumni
and their guests returned to reconnect with classmates, faculty
and staff, and to see the exciting changes that have occurred
at Kellogg since they graduated. I had the opportunity to
speak with many of those who returned to campus, and it is
apparent that our alumni are very much engaged with the school
and want to remain connected more than ever.
Indeed, the Kellogg School has never been
stronger as an institution. One indication of that strength
is the quality of our teaching, which is at an all-time high,
even by our already rigorous standards of excellence. This
year we saw 71 nominations for our L.G. Lavengood Professor
of the Year Award, a number that amounts to nearly half of
all our faculty. That so many students feel so strongly about
the level of excellence demonstrated by Kellogg School professors
is an indication of the overall dedication and distinction
we enjoy academically.
We ended the Kellogg School's 2002-2003 year
with two inspirational graduation convocations. The members
of EMP-53 and EMP-54 marked the conclusion of their studies
with a ceremony held June 14 at Pick-Staiger Auditorium, in
which Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon addressed the
new graduates, letting them know how much the business world
needs their leadership skills. One week later, we celebrated
commencement with more than 1,000 graduates of our full-time
and part-time MBA programs at Northwestern University's Welsh-Ryan
auditorium. The keynote speaker at that ceremony was Glenn
F. Tilton, CEO of UAL Corp. and United Airlines, who spoke
about the career challenges graduates are likely to face and
how they can use those challenges to make themselves stronger
I agree wholeheartedly with Tilton that the
spirit and tenacity shown by the Class of 2003 is remarkable.
Their determination and relationship with the Kellogg School
will serve them well as they make a positive and lasting impact
on the communities they will help build, and on the organizations
they will lead.
Indeed, leadership remains a key focus at
the Kellogg School. We continue sponsoring initiatives, such
as our inaugural Business Leadership Conference, and enhancing
our curriculum to promote leadership — including in
the entrepreneurial space. In this way, we keep giving our
students both the theoretical frameworks and practical experiences
that will enable them to reach the top echelons in their careers.
One of our goals going forward is to continue creating more
forums for our students, faculty, staff and friends to benefit
from Kellogg leadership insights.
We invite you along on this exciting journey,
and as always, we value your ideas and input. Together, we
are sure to keep the Kellogg School a vital academic community.
Warmest personal regards,
Dipak C. Jain