Donor Honor Roll

You empower us to
think beyond the possible


Your gifts to the Weatherhead School of Management in 2015 help set us apart as an institution of excellence committed to innovative thinking and business as an agent of world benefit. Together we are advancing management education through

recruiting the best faculty
to teach the best students
to become the best leaders
in businesses around the world

Norman E. Wallace Legacy Scholarship recipient Keith Hines says thanks

The Norman E. Wallace Legacy Scholarship was established in 2004 through gifts received in memory of Norman E. Wallace for the purpose of creating a legacy for Norman to fund two scholarships to minority students for the purchase of books. Norman was an MBA candidate at the time of his death. His legacy lives on in the lives of students like Keith Benson Hines.

“...I am truly humbled that Weatherhead chose me to receive this scholarship, and it is with profound gratitude that I write this letter of thanks to the benefactors of the Norman Wallace Scholarship, and with even greater gratitude that I say thank you to the Norman Wallace family.”

Read Keith’s full letter here

Advancing practitioner-scholar research

The Engaged Management Endowment Fund, supported in part by Laurie Branch, a 2015 Doctor of Management graduate, is designed to promote and support engaged management scholarship among the alumni, students and faculty of the Doctor of Management program, including:
  • research grants,
  • support of ongoing related research activities,
  • marketing of engaged management scholarship conducted within Weatherhead School of Management,
  • development and support for research administration dedicated to such causes, and
  • financial support of the Engaged Management Review (EMR) — an open access journal published by the Weatherhead School of Management focused on problem-driven management scholarship, which aims to strengthen the quality and quantity of engaged management scholarship.

Global thought leaders

Susan Helper, PhD, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, recently returned from her leave-of-absence, during which she worked as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Now that she’s back, Helper brings with her a trove of economics research experience, much of which she is imparting this spring in her SAGES seminar, titled, “Making: Innovation, Work and Competition.” She will also collaborate with her students to research the return on investment for businesses that hire apprentices.

Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of design & innovation, traveled to Namibia as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in May. Goldberg worked at Polytechnic of Namibia, helping to develop the Southern African country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition to his work in Namibia, Goldberg also delivered two TEDx talks in 2015: TEDxFulbright Santa Monica and TEDxHeraklion in Greece

David Cooperrider, PhD, Fairmount Santrol – David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry continues to receive recognition and praise for his work in Appreciative Inquiry as it spreads throughout corporate leadership globally. Cooperrider was recognized in 2015 as one of 28 “intellectual shamans of management thought” and one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. At Case Western Reserve University, Cooperrider was honored with the Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives on Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership by Diana Bilimoria, PhD, KeyBank Professor, Chair, and Professor of Organizational Behavior, was awarded the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Publication of the Year Award for 2015. The awards citation calls Women in STEM Careers “the standout text on a standout topic.” Bilimoria also served as co-principal investigator on a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand a program aimed at promoting gender equity in STEM faculty positions.

Roman Sheremeta, PhD and assistant professor of economics, shares the first and second place ranking of Forbes' 2015 list of Top Economic Thinkers of Ukrainian descent. Sheremeta placed first in number of total citations, second in number of publications, and third by popular vote.

Gary J. Previts, PhD, E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development and Distinguished University Professor, is co-author and co-editor of the four-volume series, A Global History of Accounting, Financial Reporting and Public Policy, which was recently published in Chinese by Lixin Accounting Publishing House. The series covers the evolution of accounting, financial reporting, and related institutions for all major economies in the world.

The B. Charles Ames Professorship in Management was established in 2014 by the Ames family, CD&R, and friends and colleagues of Mr. Ames to honor B. Charles Ames, his many accomplishments, and his longstanding service and contributions to Weatherhead. The Ames Chair is to be held by a tenured full professor who has established an exceptional record of teaching and service at Weatherhead. Mohan Reddy, professor of management, is the first to hold the Ames Chair.

Scott Shane, PhD, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and professor of economics, is the first Research Fellow in the new Burton D. Morgan Fellowship Program. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation recently added a new research institute, the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment, and the fellowship program underneath the umbrella of the Institute.

As the first Research Fellow, Shane will explore elements of experimental entrepreneurship education, focusing on pitch competitions.

Mark Taylor, PhD, Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing and Chair of the Accountancy Department, received the 2015 Business Information Professional of the Year award in the category of Education by Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.



Partnering with alumni to bolster career opportunities

Anand Singh, MBA ’09 and Senior Manager of Programs at Philips, has played a major role in the recruitment and development of graduates at Philips. Partnering with Weatherhead’s Career Management Office and program directors like MSM-OR/SC’s Matthew Maloney, MBA ’07, as well as the alumni already working at Philips, Singh has created a pipeline of highly qualified, innovative, and thoughtful managers into the Philips community, where graduates are making substantial contributions.

Philips has hired 25-30 Case Western Reserve University graduates in recent years, many from Weatherhead’s MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management, MSM-Finance and MBA programs.

Forging new partnerships in healthcare management

Weatherhead and Cleveland Clinic launched a new track in the executive MBA program this year, bringing together the best of leadership in healthcare and management in the Cleveland Clinic-Weatherhead Executive MBA Program at Case Western Reserve University. The first cohort began classes in September and will graduate in May 2017. Students follow the same schedule of residencies as the executive MBA program while incorporating courses specific to leadership in healthcare, which are co-taught with physician leaders from Cleveland Clinic.

Launching new programs on the cutting edge of business management

Weatherhead began recruiting students for its newest program, the MSM-Business Analytics, an 11-month, full-time program to teach students the language of business and the translation of data analytics into actionable strategies in business.

Business as a positive catalyst to create a flourishing world

In July, the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit launched AIM2Flourish, the world’s first student-led discovery of business innovations that benefit humanity. Nearly 1,000 students from around the world are using Appreciative Inquiry (developed by David Cooperrider, PhD, Fairmount Santrol – David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry and professor of organizational development) and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development as a lens to search out and report on world-changing innovations. These innovations will be celebrated at the Fourth Global Forum in 2017.

Spreading the mission of Weatherhead worldwide

Weatherhead’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to attract attention globally, expanding our brand recognition and thought leadership around the world.


Conversations That Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change, taught by Richard Boyatzis, PhD, distinguished university professor; Melvin Smith, and Ellen Van Oosten, PhD, was the ninth most popular business MOOC offered on Coursera in 2015.


Richard Boyatzis’s Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence is currently the 20th most popular MOOC of all time, attracting a total enrollment of 494,369.


Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, taught by Michael Goldberg, has been translated into 13 different languages and was the first Coursera course to be translated into an African language – Kinyarwanda.