It’s been a busy and exciting time since arriving in Syracuse this past July to begin my appointment as dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting many of you—alumni, students, parents, recruiters, supporters, friends of the School, and colleagues around the University. I am looking forward to connecting with many more members of our extended community, both on campus and on the road at upcoming alumni events, such as those in DC, New York City, and Northern New Jersey.
I’m honored and thrilled to be leading Syracuse Whitman at a time when unprecedented rates of technological and social change call for a new generation of business professionals and leaders.
Business schools are challenged as never before to equip students for success in what will be the most dynamic, diverse, and interconnected economy in the history of mankind. Whitman is uniquely well-positioned to do so. Our world-class faculty members are thought leaders in their chosen fields and the educational experiences they design. Our access to the breadth and richness of Syracuse University is a distinct advantage in an era when interdisciplinary talent and solutions are at a premium. The proximity to one of the world’s great economic and cultural centers presents an abundance of opportunities for experiential learning, career exploration and recruiting partnerships. We are also fortunate to have such a passionate and successful alumni network in New York City and beyond.
By drawing on these strengths, Syracuse Whitman can be a leader in equipping students for professional success, engaged citizenship, and lifelong learning in the ever-changing landscape of global business. It will require augmenting great classroom teaching with transformative experiential learning opportunities, drawing on our alumni and industry connections to bring the world of practice to campus, partnering with our sister schools and colleges at SU, and bringing exceptional students, faculty and staff from around the world to the School.
All of this happens only with your help: your time and talent shared with our students, your consideration of our students and graduates for internships and jobs, your generous gifts of financial support, and your thoughtful input on how to move our community forward. Together, we will develop the professionals that the business world needs today and the leaders it needs for tomorrow.
I welcome your ideas about the future of business school education, research, and engagement, as well as how the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and Syracuse University can help lead the way into that future. Our highest aspiration must be to ensure and accelerate this remarkable institution’s rise in quality, reputation, and impact. Please feel free to email or call me with your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.
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