from Evanston, where much change and innovation is starting
to take place as we look forward to the Class of 2003 joining
As I hope
you know by now, I assumed the duties of dean from Don Jacobs
on July 1, and the first thing I must do is thank him, personally,
for all his years of service to the Kellogg School and for
leaving it in such a wonderful position.
honored by the responsibility that has been bestowed upon
me, having been selected the 11th dean of the Kellogg School.
It is as if someone handed me a wonderful, thriving plant
with the highest level of responsibility to care for it. Now
we must strengthen the roots and grow the branches wider.
the Kellogg culture of teamwork, I am confident that my faculty
colleagues, students, alumni, corporate supporters and staff
will work with me to nurture this plant and keep it healthy
and growing. Without your support this cannot be achieved.
You will be hearing more from me about key initiatives that
will primarily be focused on building the Kellogg School brand
and its academic reputation -- globally. I want to focus on
new research initiatives for the Kellogg faculty and the publishing
of books, cases and articles of general interest. All of these
things contribute to the Kellogg School's academic reputation
and your continuous learning.
to strengthen the connection between Kellogg alumni and the
school with links like MBA Updates -- short courses taught
around the world -- and reunions in Evanston. I will connect
with alumni by visiting the cities worldwide where we have
clubs. We also want our alumni to strengthen ties with other
alums through the Kellogg Web site, which is being redesigned
and should be ready for its fifth launch by the end of August.
we need our alumni to be ambassadors by spreading our brand
name through word-of-mouth marketing, searching out the best
prospective students and companies to hire our graduates.
We have the support of our recruiters, donors and staff, but
we need our alumni to grow the Kellogg School brand so it
is top of mind.
want to establish a link between alumni and the faculty. As
we continue to retain and attract first-class faculty, it
will be important for them to have access to alumni for research
that can make an impact on businesses. We will need your cooperation
for supporting research and cutting edge initiatives.
I want to thank our donors and recruiters for all the support
they have given Kellogg over the years. I hope to meet as
many of you as possible and establish a connection whereby
you can call me with your ideas about how to keep the Kellogg
School the benchmark by which all other business schools are
feel free to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
call me at 847.491.3300 or visit me when you are on campus.
I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and innovative ideas about
how we can keep improving what many consider to be the premier
management school in the world.