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“Kellogg can fundamentally change your life — it’s just a question of you leveraging the experience to its fullest,” Dean Sally Blount told the Class of 2012 on the first day of CIM Week.

Dean Sally Blount

Dean Sally Blount welcomes the Class of 2012

Kellogg's new dean addresses the incoming class with advice and reflections on her own Kellogg years

By Amy Trang

8/31/2010 - New Kellogg School Dean Sally Blount can easily relate to the enthusiasm expressed by Kellogg’s incoming class this week — she was in the same position 22 years ago.

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In a welcome address to new Full-Time students Aug. 30, Blount recalled the excitement of her first days at Kellogg, where she earned her PhD in 1992.

“Kellogg is a school that is unlike any other,” Blount said. “Within a single generation, Kellogg has rewritten the rules about what it means to be a mighty competitor in the field of business research and education.”

Blount’s address to the new students on the opening day of CIM (Complete Immersion in Management) Week received a rousing applause from the first-years. The day marked the start of a week’s worth of activities designed to introduce incoming MBA students to the Kellogg culture. During CIM Week, students participate in intensive coursework, community volunteer work and a broad array of social activities. They also hear from speakers such as Kellogg alumnus Salman Amin ’85, executive vice president of sales and marketing at PepsiCo, who delivered the week’s keynote address on Aug. 31.

In reflecting on her experience as a Kellogg student, Blount touted Kellogg’s rich history and collaborative culture, telling students that they are joining an “institution that has built its reputation on educating leaders by re-defining what collaboration has meant in the marketplace.”

Blount advised students to take advantage of Kellogg’s social network as well as to challenge themselves intellectually. The dean also encouraged students to take the time to grow personally and to invest in self-reflection.

“Kellogg can fundamentally change your life — it’s just a question of you leveraging the experience to its fullest. It’s all up to you,” Blount said.

Blount also welcomed the incoming Executive MBA North American cohort to Kellogg on Aug. 30.

Snapshot of Kellogg’s Class of 2012

Total Full-Time students enrolled: 570
(includes 58 students in the MMM Program, a joint degree program with the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science)
Number of countries represented: 43
Average age: 28
Average GMAT: 715
Average GPA: 3.61
Number of states represented: 36
Percentage women: 32
Percentage international: 30
Percentage minority: 24