Dear Whitman Alumni: May Message from Cindie Adams

CindieAdams_185x240Did you hear the amazing news about your alma mater? On April 19, the Whitman School was ranked #23 by Bloomberg Businessweek on its 2016 list of the best undergraduate business programs. That ranking represents a 32-point gain from our previous spot on this list. And that is the highest gain of any school in the top 25. We should all be proud of Whitman’s staggering ascension!

I, personally, was not at all surprised when the rankings were released. For almost a decade, I witnessed first-hand how Ken Kavajecz’s leadership results in extraordinary outcomes. He was the reason my husband and I left one of the best cities in America for another great college town. We were part of Ken’s team as he transformed Wisconsin’s full-time MBA program into one of the nation’s elite, while promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the School, improving the undergraduate program and strengthening the cohesiveness among academic departments.

I was confident in Ken’s ability to lead Whitman in the same way. What did surprise me when we arrived was the talented team he already had in place leading Whitman’s undergraduate program. Amanda Nicholson, associate dean of undergraduate programs, and Carol Heil, director of undergraduate recruitment and college relations, welcomed me with open arms just as they welcome our incoming students each fall. Their passion for Whitman was immediately apparent on my first day, as I sat in Lender Auditorium, which was full of prospective students and their parents, and listened to Amanda and Carol passionately convey how Whitman would become a second home to the students but would also equip them to realize their career aspirations. They answered questions, eased anxieties and, judging by expressions, convinced the crowd that Whitman is a special place primed for further greatness.

There has been a sense within the walls of Whitman that we are doing top-25 caliber work in preparing our students for success. Having that belief and our unwavering commitment to program ingenuity and educational excellence validated by Bloomberg Businessweek is especially sweet.

As I work with the 2016 Class Act Committee, I see all that Whitman has given these students, and they have reciprocated by making the most of their time here with academic success, leadership activities and voluntarism. They represent a class of exceedingly accomplished students whose designation as Whitman alumni will become official on May 15. They’ll set out to create their own success just as you have done. I encourage you to show your support for this year’s graduates and your pride in the #23 ranking of your alma mater by making a $23.00 donation to the Class Act 2016 campaign. You can do so via the online giving page with a notation of “My Gift Is A Tribute to Class Act.”

Thank you for being part of the Whitman community and the role you play in its legacy of excellence. Whitman truly belongs to all of us!


Cindie Adams, Executive Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations


Cindie Adams