Dean's Message

Dean's Message

Posted 11.14.06

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I am pleased to take this occasion to reflect on the accomplishments made by the Weatherhead School during the fall semester, and I send my thanks to all of our stakeholders and well-wishers for their contributions to help move us forward.

During this semester, we've seen a number of exciting changes within the School. We added five outstanding tenure-track faculty in the areas of economics, banking and finance, and organizational behavior. They are Diane Bergeron (Columbia University), Nicola Lacetera (MIT), Claudia Moise (University of Chicago), Heather Royer (University of California at Berkeley with post-doctorate at the University of Michigan) and Justin Sydnor (University of California at Berkeley). We have added staff, specifically in our Career Development Center, to further accommodate student needs and subsequently, employers’ expectations regarding summer internships and employment following graduation.

It’s been a pleasure to be able to offer our students a chance to meet with local CEOs of Northeastern Ohio with the series "Leaders on Leadership," so they can listen and learn from these successful leaders of ways in which they achieved their ranks. Mayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland, was our first outstanding spokesperson on this important topic, followed by Richard Hipple, President and CEO of Brush Engineered Materials, Inc., who was likewise equal to the task with an outstanding explanation of his leadership role at Brush.

Our undergraduate program saw a rise in its rankings to 29th in the nation as ranked by US News and World Report. Additionally, the undergraduate program added an honorary student association, The Wolstein Society, in recognition of Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein, our very generous benefactors, who have contributed greatly to the success of our School’s undergraduate program. As a result of their generosity, accolades were extended to seventeen undergraduates representing the Wolstein spirit of enterprise as demonstrated by leadership, scholarship, community service and professional will (see Weatherheadlines, September, 2006).

In October, the Weatherhead School convened the Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change Global Forum in collaboration with the Academy of Management and UN Global Compact. This 3-day Forum brought the corporate, academic and government sectors together to combine theory with practice as a means of developing actionable next steps for businesses seeking to respond to social responsible issues for the betterment of society, while also improving the bottom line (see Weatherheadlines, October, 2006).

Finally, next month, in collaboration with COSE, we are looking forward to naming the 2006 Weatherhead 100 winners. Since 1987, the Weatherhead 100 has been a hallmark for recognition of the fastest growing companies in Northeastern Ohio. On Tuesday, December 5th, we will acknowledge and celebrate with the 2006 winners at an event to be held at Landerhaven from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. For ticket information please contact:
Amanda Flood, (216/592-2207) or Sharon Schaefer, (216/592-2303).

I appreciate greatly your support this fall in making the Weatherhead School a success in its many endeavors, and wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. With warm regards,

Sincerely yours,

N. Mohan Reddy


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