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  Dean Dipak C. Jain

From the Dean

Dear Kellogg School Alumni and Friends,

Once more it is my pleasure to share with you some outstanding news regarding the academic accomplishments of the Kellogg School of Management.

Two recent surveys have again ranked the Kellogg School in the top echelon of management and leadership institutions. In October, the Economist Intelligence Unit of London named Kellogg “The Best MBA School in the World” for the second consecutive year. In addition, BusinessWeek announced that for the 12th consecutive year Kellogg placed first in that magazine’s global rankings of Executive MBA programs.

As pleased as we are by these rankings, and gratified that others recognize the results produced by our world-class faculty and students, those of us within the Kellogg community have long realized how special our school is — both inside the classroom and outside of it.

The truth is, Kellogg is an extraordinary place — a unique community of scholars who put their passion into all they do, whether in their academic pursuits or extracurricular activities. Were this good work confined merely to our campus it would remain impressive; but since Kellogg has always endeavored to bridge theory and practice, the leadership of our faculty, students and alumni finds especially important expression in a variety of outreach efforts.

Kellogg in the community
As you will read in this issue of Kellogg World, Kellogg is accenting the importance of its involvement in the larger community — making a difference in the lives of people in the business world and in everyday life. Through a host of philanthropic and intellectual pursuits — including student-driven clubs, conferences and volunteer efforts that provide creative, hands-on vehicles to develop student leadership skills — Kellogg is making a positive social impact. Whether through clubs such as Business with a Heart and the Kellogg Service Initiative, or the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Learning Through Experience and Action Program (LEAP) and Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH) initiatives, Kellogg School members are turning their insights into real-world results that dramatically improve the lives of others.

In addition, the Kellogg Public/Nonprofit Program, including its important Executive Education mission, continues to bring the best learnings in this arena to students and professionals working to meet challenges in an array of organizations. Another powerful force is our Business and its Social Environment (BASE) major, which addresses the importance of ethics and the social context of business. This program continues to evolve, growing increasingly robust as we extend the influence of Kellogg School leadership by partnering with government agencies, both in the United States and internationally. Professors Donald Haider, Daniel Diermeier, Timothy Feddersen and others share their ideas.

Also, two of our distinguished faculty members, Gene Lavengood and David Messick, explore the importance of the social environment of business, and how firms can “do well by doing good,” in our “Theory & Practice” feature.

Better technology, stronger alumni community
Kellogg has been working hard to add value for members of our alumni community too. One important way we are doing this is through our efforts in the past year to build a more robust online portal for alums to engage the school and each other. We are pleased to announce the launch date of this new Web site that deepens the power of the Kellogg School alumni community by offering improved navigation, discussion groups, a revamped alumni directory and an events calendar. Be sure to learn more about this new tool. On Jan. 14, visit the Kellogg home page online, where you will see the “PowerUp” navigational button that will connect you to the alumni portal.

We thank you all for your continued commitment to Kellogg. Your efforts will prove instrumental in helping take this school to new heights as we advance our mission to produce the world’s most outstanding leaders — whether in the corporate world or in public and nonprofit organizations.

Best personal regards,

Dipak C. Jain

©2002 Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University