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Dean Jain honored for leadership by alma mater

In October, Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain was among a quartet of graduates from the School of Management at University of Texas (Dallas) to receive that institution's 2005 Alumni Achievement Award.

The award is bestowed on those UTD alumni who exemplify leadership and demonstrate "excellence in their personal and professional lives." 

Dean Jain earned his master's degree in management science at UTD in 1986, going on to earn his doctorate in marketing there in 1987, the same year he joined the Kellogg School faculty as a professor in the Marketing Department.

Recalling his graduate education, Dean Jain noted that, in addition to acquiring a vast amount of technical scholarship related to management and marketing, he also gained important leadership insights that have served him well over the last two decades.

"Early on, I began to understand the value of inclusion and a strong work ethic," said Jain. "I also learned how crucial it was to create a community where students and professors could collaborate, each benefiting from the other's experience and talents. I am indebted to UTD for giving me an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for my work today."

Despite his administrative responsibilities at Kellogg — which include a demanding travel schedule that enables him to meet with alumni, students, recruiters and friends of the school — Jain continues to make time for some teaching. It's a way for him to remain connected directly to students to ensure that Kellogg continues to meet their needs.

"Leaders must stay personally in touch with the life of the organization, the colleagues who help run it and the people served by it," said Jain. "No one succeeds alone. All of us at the Kellogg School work together toward a common goal: a culture that delivers academic excellence while creating socially responsible global leaders. It is my privilege and joy to have the opportunity to lend my efforts to this important purpose."

— MG

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