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Posted 12.19.06

This has been a busy month at the Weatherhead School. Before I delve into the specifics, let me pause and invite you to join me in welcoming Barbara Snyder to Case Western Reserve University as our President. President Snyder comes here with the unanimous support of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. There is a palpable sense of excitement as we wait for her to join us in early July 2007.

Moving on to Weatherhead:

* Weatherhead 100 awards were presented in collaboration with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to recognize the fastest growing companies in northeast Ohio. The complete list of honorees is available at www.weatherhead100.org. I should note that I do not recall ever spending an evening with a group quite this large (over 900 attending). So stunningly well-dressed (black tie no less) and yet so distinguished. It was difficult not to be awestruck looking at the range of businesses represented and the impressive growth figures that each business posted.

* Staff and faculty visited India and Dubai to present at M.B.A. recruiting events, strengthen our alumni associations and explore partnership arrangements within local institutions. There is an entirely new growth avenue for us; stay tuned.

* The Annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast luncheon was attended by over 300 alumni and friends to hear from Professor Sam Thomas about the state of the economy and discuss predictions for next year.

* A new one-year Masters in Management in Finance was introduced to begin in the 2007 summer semester, in response to today’s business climate and local interest from key financial establishments. This specialized program focuses on the principles of finance and their applications within the corporation, capital markets, investments and risk management.

Looking ahead, coinciding with the M.B.A. students’ upcoming international tour in China, we are planning a reception for prospective MBA students on January 7, 2007 in Shanghai. Also in January, Executive Education kicks off their “Leading the Growth Enterprise” program.

As always, the School and I are grateful for your continuing support and interest. All of us here at Weatherhead look forward to 2007 with a great deal of excitement. My very best wishes to you for a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

N. Mohan Reddy, Dean
Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management

P.S.  On the eve of sending this dean's message communication to you, I was informed of my appointment to Dean of the Weatherhead School, effective January 1, 2007.  I am humbled and honored to be asked to serve and look forward to an exciting few years.

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