Deans Carole Cahill, Theresa Parker and Erica Kantor
hold important positions on the Kellogg School faculty, but
they also occupy key roles on the administration. Longtime
Kellogg staff includes Carole Cahill, Erica Kantor and Theresa
Parker. They provided Kellogg World with some insights
into their contributions.
Cahill: Assistant dean and director of administrative
and responsibilities: I'm responsible for facilities
management and construction projects at the Donald P. Jacobs
Center. Much daily maintenance and repair goes on, which my
colleague Mariellen Gibson handles so well, as well as the
challenging annual construction and remodeling projects planned
throughout the year and executed in the summer. I help set
the scope of the projects and work with the university architects,
contractors and designers to ensure the projects stay on target.
I also play a human resources role, interfacing with the university's
HR office to process job postings, hiring and promotions.
When I started at Kellogg, we had 45 non-faculty employees;
today we have 210 staff. In addition, with the help of a lot
of dedicated people, I coordinate special events for the dean's
office. For instance, this year we hosted 4,000 people for
the convocation lunch.
recent challenge: We have added many staff positions and
needed to ensure we did so in a logical way by carefully identifying
need. We've been very successful and our administrative units
have built great teams.
thing about working at Kellogg: The students, the staff,
the faculty, the ideas, the energy, the challenges, the fabric
of Kellogg. There is something magical here.
you weren't here, you would be...: A golf pro!
Kantor: Assistant dean for Executive Education
and responsibilities: My core job is human resources,
helping create an atmosphere at the Allen Center that offers
staff a mutually supportive, professionally nurturing environment.
Some of our goals include finding synergies for shared services
between the executive degreed and non-degreed programs, and
to continually improve the Allen Center experience for our
customers in the increasingly competitive world of Executive
recent challenge: My personal challenge is not having
student contact after 17 years of working with the Executive
MBA program. I do miss the students. I actually just became
a Kellogg alumna myself, having completed the Kellogg Management
Institute in May. I wanted to experience the program from
the customer side, and that experience really drove home just
how good Kellogg is, from every standpoint.
thing about working at Kellogg: The Kellogg culture of
teamwork and camaraderie spills over into day-to-day operations,
which is very positive. Every day we come in contact with
very interesting people from all around the world - staff,
students, faculty and alumni.
you weren't here you would be...: In education somewhere.
I started my career working with children with special needs.
Parker: Assistant dean and director for finance and planning
and responsibilities: My overarching goal is to provide
high-quality information to Dean Jain and the school's executive
leadership to inform strategic planning for Kellogg. I work
closely with the dean, the senior associate deans and the
administrative directors to assist in annual program planning.
A critical aspect of my responsibility is to articulate Dean
Jain's overall vision as we set budgets in areas such as financial
aid, student affairs, career management, development and alumni
recent challenge: Changes in the marketplace for non-degreed
and, to a lesser extent, degreed programs. Since 9/11, corporations
have been faced with significant budgetary reductions. As
it did for all our peer schools, this fact decreased enrollment
for our non-degreed programs. Our enrollments have rebounded,
but the overall market has matured, with many new players
entering the Chicago area. To ensure Kellogg remains the leadership
school of choice, we have invested more money into marketing
and are exploring creative ways to serve the business community's
continuing education needs. My role in this has been to track
our financial progress and work with senior management to
identify and service new customers.
thing about working at Kellogg: The culture of innovation
here and our highly productive, creative faculty, and our
engaged students. I came to Kellogg in 1998 after six years
at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research,
where I was writing and administering grants. Kellogg attracted
me because it provided an opportunity to be involved in the
management of a professional school with a large portfolio
of programs. I knew I'd be working with people who are committed
to providing top-notch business education in entrepreneurial
you weren't here you would be...: Working with an organization
like the MacArthur Foundation, which has as its mission the
lasting improvement of the human condition. I feel that's
very similar to the work I do at Kellogg.
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