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January 2019

Dean's Digest

Dean's digest

We have more than our normal share of good news on this first week of classes: I wanted you all to be the first to know about a new gift the school has received from the W. P. Carey Foundation. You’ll be hearing more about this in the weeks and months to come, but we’ve finalized an agreement for a second investment, following up on the initial $50 million naming gift in 2003.

I’m very proud and honored to say that because of the work all of you do, the W. P. Carey Foundation is kicking off a $50 million giving campaign for the school by donating $15 million to expand the school’s Career Services capabilities, including mentorship and job readiness programs, and looking for ways we can better outfit that unit to meet the demand of students and employers. Another $10 million will establish two new research chairs, which will be called the Carey Chairs. This will create wonderful opportunities to recruit and retain faculty members who can make a significant impact for the school and the university through their work.

Investments like these don’t happen every day, and it could not have been possible had we not been tremendous stewards of the initial W. P. Carey Foundation gift. When you look at our progress and growth over the past 15 years, we have shown — through all your efforts assisting students, innovating on curriculum, developing strong relationships with our partners, and bringing excellence into every class session — that we truly are one of the best business schools in the country. But, of course, a second gift means we need to work that much harder to keep our momentum going. We'll commemorate the new gift at the first Oasis happy hour of the semester, so I hope to see you on Friday, Jan. 18 for cake and a toast!

Building the business leaders of tomorrow

The generosity of the W. P. Carey Foundation comes at a great time for our students, who are focused on what's next after graduation. Providing them the resources to broaden their career opportunities and horizons is a fundamental part of what we do. Every spring, the Career Services team does an amazing job bringing companies to campus for a series of career fairs and events designed to give students and recruiters some face time, which will lead to internships and jobs. The signature events are Spring to Success for our undergrads and graduate students (Jan. 30) and Company Networking Night for our MBAs (Feb. 21), but there are also career and internship fairs for sports business, supply chain management, and information systems and business analytics all within the next month. So if you bump into students fidgeting with their tie or looking a little anxious in the coming weeks, give 'em an encouraging word — the world needs more young leaders, so let's help them get there!

Gimme an A

Later this month, we'll have some visitors on campus. If you attended the last Coffee Chat, you'll remember that we talked about the importance of AACSB accreditation and the credibility it brings to the business school. Over the past several months, many of your colleagues have worked very hard to prepare a 600-page document that charts the school's growth and performance over the past five years. As part of the re-accreditation process, deans from other business schools will spend a couple days with us, meeting with various members of the staff, assessing our resources, and discussing their findings with the president and provost about how we can continue to improve.While accreditation only happens once every five years, the process to remain one of the best business schools in the world never stops. We will have new goals and new initiatives to reach those goals almost immediately, but that's nothing new for us; we excel at meeting new challenges head-on. So let’s get started.

Mark your calendars

ECP Luncheon
Lois E. Krahn, MD, interim CEO, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Tuesday, Jan. 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Camelback Golf Club

Happy hour at the Oasis
Friday, Jan. 18
4 to 6 p.m.
McCord Hall, Rm 450

Martin Luther King Jr. Day — university closed
Monday, Jan. 21

Coffee Chat
Thursday, Jan. 31
Avnet Lounge, McCord Hall
8 to 9 a.m.

ECP Luncheon Michelle Cirocco, chief social responsibility officer, Televerde
Tuesday, Feb. 5
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Camelback Golf Club

Random Acts of Kindness Week
Feb. 9-15

Happy hour at the Oasis
Friday, Feb. 22
4 to 6 p.m.
McCord Hall 450