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  Dean Dipak C. Jain
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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I assess the past year — my first as dean — I can’t help but think about all the change that has taken place in the world, and all the help given by Kellogg School alumni and friends along the way.

First, we had the need to assist new alumni whose employers deferred their consulting jobs last summer. When I asked for your help, the response was overwhelming and showed the strength of our worldwide network. All those grads were extremely grateful for the leadership of the Kellogg alumni network in helping them find positions.

As I have traveled around the world for meetings with alumni clubs and recruiters, I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting thousands of you face-to-face. My goal was to get feedback on how the Kellogg School can continue to build on its already impressive reputation. In the Kellogg tradition, you did not hold back your — comments whether they concerned the alumni database, global reach, the curriculum or even the need to have valet parking for recruiters. I will be communicating a more complete list of accomplishments and innovations from this past year in a newsletter later this summer, but rest assured that we are following up on each suggestion. I encourage you to contact us continually with your thoughts and ideas.

Our alumni and friends have been outstanding in hiring Kellogg graduates and providing summer internships for our students in this difficult employment year. To my knowledge, no other business school has been as successful as Kellogg in the percentage of students placed by the end of the academic year. Much of this success is due to our alumni and the corporate network that just keeps getting stronger in the job market.

Kellogg’s alumni network also rolled out the red carpet in 15 countries for our 450 Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) students this spring. Alumni helped arrange activities that included speakers, company tours, dinners and banquets, corporate meetings, seminars with local executives and, of course, numerous “cultural” social gatherings. I thank you for partnering with our students for this international business leadership experience.

Finally, this year the Kellogg School received more than 7,600 applications for our two-year full-time program. The numbers represent an almost 11-to-1 ratio of applications to spots available. In addition, our admissions staff and 1,300 alumni interviewers met with virtually every applicant and a few hundred more that did not apply. Thank you to our alumni interviewers around the world — without you, we could never perform this important feature of Kellogg that differentiates us from all other major business schools.

Again, thank you for all you do for the Kellogg School. We truly appreciate it.

Warmest personal regards,

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Dipak Jain

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