Letter From the Dean
A central theme of our strategic plan, the Roadmap to Whitman’s Second Century, is to leverage the breadth and richness of our sister schools and colleges here on campus. In a time when interdisciplinary talent and solutions are at an increasing premium across all types of businesses and geographies, being able to draw on strengths across so many vital areas is a distinct advantage.
Whitman has a long tradition of seeking out and developing interdisciplinary educational and research programs. When we embarked upon our strategic plan, the School had already established a number of cross-campus partnerships, including dual undergraduate degrees with the School for Information Studies (iSchool) and the Newhouse School of Public Communications (Newhouse); combined degrees with the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS—3+2), College of Law (Law—3+3), and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA—3+2); a dual master’s with Law; and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise with ECS and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry—long supported by Whitman Advisory Council member and Syracuse University Trustee Hal Fetner ’83 and his wife, Nina.
Since that time, we have become even more deeply engaged with our sister schools and colleges. Whitman faculty have approved new dual undergraduate degrees with Arts & Sciences (applied math; statistics), Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics (Falk—public health; sports management), the iSchool (data science; information, society, and technology), and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Maxwell—international relations). Whitman has also led the launch of a new University-wide infrastructure minor with support from Whitman Advisory Council member Steve Charney ’81, and a new summer program in real estate with the School of Architecture, also supported by Hal and Nina Fetner.
At the graduate level, we have been equally busy creating new strategic partnerships that leverage the richness of the University to strengthen our graduate programs, especially the MBA. The new dual master’s degrees approved by the faculty include programs with Arts & Sciences (M.S. biotech/MBA); Falk (Master of public health/MBA); Maxwell (Master of public administration/MBA, M.A. international affairs/MBA), and a new MD/MBA with SUNY Upstate Medical University, the University’s first dual degree with our neighbors here on the Hill. The goal of these exciting new strategic partnerships is to help revitalize the MBA and attract an even stronger set of students who otherwise would not consider attending Syracuse University and Whitman.
Whitman faculty have also just approved a timely new joint master’s program with Maxwell, the M.S. in sustainable organizations and policy. We can all take a lot of pride in this time of unprecedented innovation in our programs.
Whitman has also been fortunate to participate in several Invest Syracuse Clusters, enabling us to expand our faculty by bringing in talented individuals working in mission-relevant domains such as big data & analytics; AI & autonomous systems; innovation & entrepreneurship, and social differences/social justice.
Our success both here at Whitman and more broadly with the other schools, colleges and institutions who share our location here on the Hill, depends on making one another and our collective home even better. Our best efforts will be those that focus on topics aligned with our strategy of producing future-ready talent and ideas, in which we can excel and be recognized for doing so, and where there is a confluence of interest from faculty, prospective students, recruiters, donors and other partners.
As always, I invite ideas and recommendations about where we should focus our energies next. What do you see as our highest priority interdisciplinary opportunities that will advance academic excellence at the School and the broader University in a way that is both distinct and in which we can excel? I welcome everyone’s creativity, collaboration and support as we work to further advance Whitman as a leader in preparing the next generation of business professionals and leaders.
Ultimately, of course, our community’s ability to achieve the goals we have for our students and our School depends on the generous support of alumni, parents and partners. Together, we can develop the professionals the business world needs today and the leaders it needs for tomorrow. Every gift of time, talent or treasure has a meaningful impact and helps us reach our goals. I encourage you to make a commitment to the School and, on behalf of all our faculty and staff, extend heartfelt thanks to those who have already come forward.
Eugene W. Anderson