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Centennial finale

A year of conferences, seminars, galas and gatherings came to an end May 29, as the Kellogg School concluded its Centennial celebration.

The final Centennial event took place on the Evanston campus, with a focus on the social responsibility of business schools. Panelists, including Daniel Diermeier, the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice (pictured above, center), and Nicholas Severino '94, CFO of Apple Retail, spoke about the need for schools to help shape leaders by pushing courage and maintaining ethics in the workplace despite the status quo.

"The Centennial has marked an important milestone in the Kellogg School's history, one that is an excellent platform for building on our achievements and advancing our aspirations in the coming years," Dean Dipak C. Jain said. "To accomplish so much over a century is impressive, and this success is a powerful illustration of our school's enduring value."

The Centennial kicked off in October 2008 with an opening gala in Chicago and a global arts festival in Evanston. Other events throughout the year included conferences in Miami, Shanghai, Zurich, New York City and Chicago. Kellogg also held celebrations for alumni in San Francisco and London to honor the school's history.

Jain observed that the support from alumni, faculty and staff during Centennial events was a prime example of the Kellogg culture at work.

"The qualities that have shaped our school remain alive today: At each Centennial event we saw the enthusiasm of our alumni and friends," Jain said. "Their special pride and passion for Kellogg makes our global community unique. I know that with this kind of support, the school's best days are ahead."

In addition to the many faculty and staff who helped with the Centennial events, Jain wishes to thank the following individuals for their contributions:

David Besanko, senior associate dean for strategy and planning; Jane Rodriguez, director of the Centennial Celebration; Ed Wilson, associate dean of alumni relations; Jamie Rosman, assistant dean and director of marketing and communications; Meg Washburn, director of media relations; Pete Pizarro '94; Mohanbir Sawhney, McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology; Dr. Axel Wieandt '92; Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice; Jerome Kenney '67; Robert Korajczyk, Harry G. Guthmann Professor of Finance; Peter Tan '83; Angela Y. Lee, Mechthild Esser Nemmers Professor of Marketing; Chris Kennedy '94; Salman Amin '85; Torben Andersen, Nathan S. and Mary P. Sharp Professor of Finance; Stephanie Gallo Tyler '99 and Christopher and Jaclyn Gallo '05.

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