the Kellogg spirit to the world
Dipak Jain hits the road to visit alumni and prove the Kellogg
experience doesn't end with graduation
By Matt Golosinski
assuming the Kellogg deanship on July 1, Dipak C. Jain has
taken the Kellogg culture on the road, traveling frequently
to fulfill his pledge to network more intensely with the school's
alumni. In the past few months Jain has traveled to Hong Kong,
the Philippines, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Bangkok
and Dallas. He intends to continue racking up his frequent
flier miles through at least January, carefully balancing
his schedule to remain available for faculty, staff and students
At each stop the dean has met with alumni clubs, recruiters
and corporate friends in an effort to build more value into
the Kellogg experience for the school's graduates and partners
in the business community. He has also used these trips as
an opportunity to formally introduce himself as Kellogg's
new chief executive.
Jain with alumni at a Minneapolis / St. Paul reception.
into the dean's suitcase for these visits are details of his
plan to enhance what he calls Kellogg's "Culture of Innovation
and Excellence," a model that describes the school's
mission in terms of scholarship, leadership and partnership.
Dean Jain has been sharing this blueprint for excellence with
enthusiastic alumni throughout his travels.
While Kellogg has always sought to keep communication open
between the school and its graduates, the dean is especially
interested in hearing what alumni have to say. In fact, this
partnership is so important that Jain has incorporated it
into the school's strategic plan to make the Kellogg experience
unparalleled - and to extend that experience past graduation.
"I am eager to engage in a dialogue with our alumni to
determine how Kellogg can continue to deliver meaningful programs
and services that enhance the careers, and the lives, of our
graduates," said Jain. "We always emphasize that
Kellogg is a lifelong learning experience. I want to be sure
to communicate the school's renewed commitment to this ideal,
and benefit from the recommendations of our alumni."
Kurt Scherer '92 was among those in the Bay Area excited by
the dean's visit. "Dean Jain delivered some great news
for alumni. I was very encouraged by his decision to invest
more resources in the alumni network," said Scherer,
president of the Bay Area Kellogg Alumni Club. "The dean
has given us the opportunity to engage in frank discussions
with him about ways to build even greater value into the Kellogg
School experience." Scherer was pleased that some 160
Bay Area alumni turned out to hear Jain speak.
McCoy '81, president of the Cardiac Rhythm Management
Group at Guidant Corp., and chairman of the Kellogg Alumni
Advisory Board, invited Dean Jain to address Guidant employees
about marketing trends during a recent recruiting and
networking visit to Minneapolis/St. Paul.
stops, the dean has met with Alumni Advisory Board members,
donors and alumni club members. During his trip to Minnesota,
Jain even took the opportunity to speak to about 400 Guidant
employees about marketing. The discussion was broadcast to
several of the company's regional offices. As part of his
visit to Dallas, Jain was honored by his alma mater, the University
of Texas, with the school's Distinguished Alumni award.
While on the road, the dean also participated in recruiter
roundtable sessions with General Mills, Levi Strauss and Intel
to learn about the corporate strategy of these companies for
the next year, and to gain an understanding of their expectation
for the Kellogg School.
"It is important for Kellogg and for recruiters to exchange
this information," said Jain. "Doing so enables
our school to better serve the needs of our students, as well
as the needs of our corporate friends."
Said Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management
Center Roxanne Hori, "Employers and alums have been very
pleased to meet Dean Jain. In his meetings with recruiting
contacts and at the alumni events, people were energized by
the dean's energy and commitment to the school." Hori
noted that Kellogg has a powerful resource in its alumni base
and applauded Jain's initiatives to develop that resource
fully. "Dean Jain has created a great deal of momentum
through these visits," added Hori.
Kong EMBA students welcome Dean Jain.