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Letter from Dean Dipak Jain to the Kellogg Community

Ed Wilson to retire at end of school year


2/6/2002 - It is with much reluctance and sadness that I announce the retirement of Associate Dean Ed Wilson at the close of this school year. As most of you know, Ed has been here for almost 30 years and is a vital part of the Kellogg School. He came to the Northwestern University School of Management in 1972 as director of admissions and financial aid programs for the full-time and part-time programs. He served in that capacity until 1982; a ten-year period in which Kellogg received its name, applications quadrupled, GMAT scores reached new highs and the McManus Living-Learning center was created. Ed left his imprint on all of these innovations.

Overlapping during this time period, Ed became dean of students, a position he has held for almost 25 years. He is credited with several new initiatives that improved the quality of life for students that led to what today is widely known as the Kellogg School culture of teamwork and collegiality. Also during this period the Kellogg School rose in the ranks from a small Midwestern U.S. business school to one of the leading management schools in the world. Last spring Kellogg dedicated the full-time student affairs suite in Ed Wilson's name, honoring his 25 years in that position.

From 1984 through 1999, Ed also was director of the Executive Master's Program, where he built the applicant pool and increased the size of the program almost 80 percent. No U.S. ranking service has ever ranked Kellogg's Executive Master's Program lower than number one.

Prior to Northwestern and Kellogg, Ed was director of admissions and financial aid at the Stern Graduate School of Business at NYU; director of admissions at the school of general studies at Columbia University and assistant dean of admissions at Bates College, his alma mater. Ed has served on the board of trustees of the Graduate Management Admissions Council, the Graduate and Professional School of Financial Aid Council and the Executive MBA Council, which he chaired and was recognized with a distinguished service award in 1993.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bates, a master's degree in student personnel administration from Columbia University and an MBA from the Kellogg School. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He and his wife of 36 years, Jean, live in Glenview. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren.

Because of his commitment to Kellogg, I have asked Ed to stay connected after his retirement as Kellogg's ambassador at large working on special initiatives assigned by the Office of the Dean, and he has agreed. Please join me in congratulating Ed on this milestone in his life.

Warmest Personal Regards,
Dipak C. Jain
Dean