GBSA President's Message

GBSA President's Message

Posted 11.19.06

Weatherhead Students,

As promised, in a letter I wrote to you on July 23, 2006, “the Weatherhead Dean search needs to be communicated to students and students must play an active role in the decision making process”. On November 13th, a letter from Professor Diana Bilimoria, chair of the WSOM dean search committee, Richard Balazs (undergraduate representative) and me went out detailing the process for the WSOM Dean search. The committee is conducting an internal search at the direction of the President and the Provost. The internal search is limited to accepting nominations from the tenured faculty at the Weatherhead School only. The committee’s recommendations are due to the Provost by December 20, 2006.

On November 15th during GBSA General Assembly, Professor Bilimoria joined us to review the search process and entertain questions and comments from students. Over thirty students were in attendance at this meeting and they received a list of tenured faculty members who are eligible to be nominated for this position, a job description and selection criteria. The students in attendance asked some great questions and they have been forwarded to the committee for review. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to make nominations. The next step in the process of the search is to invite comments from students, faculty, staff and alumni on the statements provided by the short listed candidates for Dean. An email inviting comments will go out on November 27th and the comment period will close on November 30th. The committee is also inviting students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit interview questions for the candidates to by November 22nd.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to send some extra special thank yous.

•An-Hsiang Cheng and Christina Heinrich for hosting an awesome International lunch session with over 50 students in attendance to learn about holidays around the world.

•Mehera May, Mike Bush and Andy Male for hosting Monday's Bite, which is a new, bi-monthly, free lunch series for Weatherhead students, by Weatherhead students.

•Matt Evans, Jesse Corn and Matt Fish for their leadership with Weatherheadless Ball (see this month’s Weatherheadlines article)

•Frank Griffiths and Mehera May for their leadership with the Net Impact Case Bowl. This event featured a case competition between two teams comprised of both faculty and students (Associate Dean Julia Grant, Professor JB Silver, Patrick Leonard, Chris Schron Professor Scott Fine, Professor Tom Vonk, Jesse Corn and Emily Gray). It served as a fundraiser for a local non-profit, CityWheels, which was also the subject of the case.

•Erin Brant for all of help and assistance with the Pull up a chair/ Faux Pas in the Business World event, she served as my co-chair. Thanks to the faculty panel: Dean Mohan Reddy, Associate Dean Julia Grant, Professor Scott Fine, Professor Larry Parker and Professor Tom Vonk. An extra special thank you to Talbot’s for serving as our women’s clothing sponsor for the fashion show. Thanks to the alumni panel: Mike Belsito ’05, Amy Kulisheck ’04, Raland Hatchett’ 05, Hermione Malone ’05, Shannon Wagner ’06 and Rebecca Montague (who emailed her comments). Thanks to DJ Nithin, Jon Fuller in Student Services and the Career Development Center.

•And most importantly, thank you to all of the student organization presidents who serve as the heart and soul of our school. Thank you for all of your time, dedication and persistence in organizing programming and events for us all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lynnette Jackson, MBA Candidate 2007
Graduate Business School Association


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