four months as dean of the Kellogg School have not been the
honeymoon many new CEOs enjoy. So much has happened in the
world that was not anticipated when the summer started.
consulting firms -- our biggest employer of the Class of '01
-- announced that new jobs would be deferred from two months
to one year. In an unprecedented move, I turned to our alumni
from 1995 and earlier to find temporary work for the affected
graduates. The response was overwhelming. Not only did more
than 100 offers pour into my office from around the world,
but more importantly almost 2,000 alumni responded to my e-mail
request. A new channel with the alumni network was established.
I started meeting as many alumni as possible and reconnecting
them with the Kellogg School -- in person. Since July, I have
visited with alumni in Hong Kong, Manila, San Francisco, Seattle,
Dallas, Bangkok and here in Evanston and Chicago. I plan to
continue these meetings around the world in the coming months.
My goal is to visit as many of our 73 clubs as possible by
the end of 2002.
I began meeting with Kellogg School recruiters to get a firsthand
assessment of what we can expect for the coming hiring season.
Many of our second-year students have returned from their
summer internships with job offers, but many others are searching
for the right career. If you have positions that may be appropriate
for Kellogg grads and you do not recruit here, please contact
the Career Management Center. Or, if you are seeking a position,
contact the Office of Alumni Career Services. Both are at
I have started a series of meetings with our corporate advisers
and major donors to gain their insight and impressions. I
plan to continue these intimate and informative discussions
while I am dean since they give me yet another perspective
of Kellogg. We also are hosting top business leaders to meet
with students and faculty, including John Chambers, CEO of
Cisco Systems; Jack Welch, retired CEO of GE; and A.G. Lafley,
CEO of Procter & Gamble. You can view video files of Welch
and Lafley's presentations on the Kellogg Web site -- another
new offering for alumni.
we welcomed the Class of '03 to Kellogg on the worst possible
day: Tuesday, Sept. 11. I had just concluded my State of Kellogg
address at the opening of CIM Week when we had to make the
awful announcement about the events that were simultaneously
taking place in New York and Washington, D.C. Like most major
MBA schools, Kellogg was directly affected that day, losing
three alumni, the father of an alumnus and the son of an alumnus.
Our prayers and support have been sent to their families.
The three alums are memorialized in this issue.
because of the Sept. 11 events, several meetings with alumni,
recruiters and donors in New York and elsewhere had to be
postponed and are being rescheduled. Thanks to all who have
sent e-mails and letters, called and even visited to wish
me good luck and support. As you will read in this issue,
the Kellogg School is about scholarship, leadership and partnership.
These qualities start in the Office of the Dean and, with
your help, our reputation will spread globally. We must have
your support and ideas to continue as one of the greatest
schools in the world. I look forward to hearing your suggestions
and meeting more of you in the near future.