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Kellogg names new deans of development, MBA programs

Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler joined Kellogg in June as associate dean of MBA programs and dean of students. In this newly-created role, Ziegler will direct operations across all Kellogg degree programs and oversee the quality of the Kellogg student experience. Her specific areas of oversight will include Admissions, the Career Management Center, records and registration, and student life.

Ziegler's background includes more than 13 years of experience advising top private and public institutions on strategy, distribution and operational enhancement. Most recently, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company's Chicago office, where she led the firm's life insurance operations and technology practice and co-led its financial institutions operations and technology practice. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from The Ohio State University.

Alissa Comella joined Kellogg as associate dean of advancement in May, bringing more than 20 years of development experience to the role. Most recently, she served as executive director of development for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, where she led a $350 million campaign. Comella holds an MBA from Ohio State and a bachelor's degree in education from Miami University. She succeeds Matt Ter Molen, who will head Northwestern University's capital campaign.

Elmer Almachar '10 has been named director of the Executive MBA Program in Evanston.

Almachar brings both academic and private-sector experience to this role, having taught at both the University of California in San Diego and East-West University in Chicago. Most recently, he served as the team leader for McKinsey & Co.'s U.S. Design Center, where he led a team of 24 designers responsible for delivering more than 4,000 projects annually to Fortune 100, public sector and large nonprofit clients.

A graduate of Kellogg's Part-Time MBA Program, Almachar holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has also completed PhD coursework and field studies in political science at the University of California in San Diego.


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