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We are pleased to welcome Matt Merrick as Kellogg’s new Associate Dean – MBA Operations. In this role, Matt partners with Kellogg’s Senior Associate Dean – Curriculum and Teaching, while overseeing day-to-day operations across all of Kellogg’s full-time, part-time, MSMS, joint degree and certificate programs. His scope includes admissions, academic experience (registrar, advising, experiential learning), student life and career outcomes.

Matt has an MBA from Harvard and most recently worked at Wake Forest University, where he served as the Executive Director, Business Analytics & FTMBA Programs. Prior to his time at Wake Forest, he held senior leadership roles in the private investment banking and the media industries. He also served for several years as the head of Harvard Business School’s career services group.

Matt took the time to answer a few questions about Kellogg and his early impressions.

What brought you to Kellogg?

Kellogg is a special place, and I was first attracted by the reputation of the school and students. Once I learned more, I was drawn in by the energy around our vision and the commitment to growth. I knew that a place that puts “inspiring growth” – particularly personal and professional growth – front and center would be a good fit for me.

Where are you focused on your first 100 days?

It is all about learning — digging into how things work here and understanding what is important to students. That means lots of great conversations focused on getting to know students and the Kellogg community.

Has anything surprised you?

I certainly had high expectations about the professionalism of Kellogg students, but I have been absolutely blown away by my experience so far. In every conversation, the students I have met have been thoughtful and positive, incredibly well prepared and committed to the school. It has been a terrific introduction.

Learn more about Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA program.