Tuesday, October 25, 2016

7:19 AM

Building a Future on Solid Foundations

Dean Andrew Ainslie
Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of Simon Business magazine. As you know, the Simon School is at the beginning of a five-year journey, where our intention is to be ranked in the top 25 of US business schools. We are well on our way to doing that by focusing on two early stages of our strategic plan: One is ensuring the students have a wonderful experience at Simon, and the other is to make sure our students get the salaries that we believe they deserve when they leave here.

For many MBA students, a first step in securing top salaries is landing the more competitive early internships. The Career Management Center has reported an exceptional year for our first-year MBA students, and year to year, the number of students with internships confirmed by mid-March is up nearly 50 percent. This is a critical benchmark, as it shows the students are getting the internships most likely to convert into full-time offers. We are encouraged to see so many students exhibiting the commitment and drive it takes to be successful in business.

In keeping with our dedication to improving the student experience at Simon, we recently held a ribbon cutting for our new Office of Student Engagement. As you will see in this issue’s special feature, the bright and open space offers a modern meeting place for students to meet and interact. Our outstanding staff in the Office of Student Engagement are taking full advantage of the new location, and all reports indicate that the students are delighted with this significant upgrade to the services they use the most.

Updating our facilities and transforming student spaces is made more possible through the generosity of our alumni. The Annual Fund is an excellent way to support everything from room renovations to technology upgrades, and your support will go a long way in offering the very best Simon experience we can for our current students. There are also opportunities for high-level donors to name the Office of Student Engagement, the Career Management Center, and the bright new collaboration lab we have created on the fourth floor of Schlegel Hall. It is an exciting time at Simon as we move forward with the dynamic world of modern business. I hope you will be part of it.

Of course, among all the updates and transformations, the Simon tradition continues. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the naming of the Simon School, and we celebrate that milestone with a feature that highlights the history of our school. William E. Simon’s sons continue to be actively involved with the University, and we just celebrated 10 years of Peter’s leadership on the National Council. Finally, I would like to thank senior associate dean Ron Hansen for his decades of service to the Simon Business School. Ron recently announced his retirement, and as you will read in the feature that celebrates his career, we all owe him our profound gratitude for his longtime commitment to the entire Simon community.

Enjoy this issue. As you read it, I think you will see that as we continue to move into the future of business education, we keep in mind Simon’s tremendous history and hold fast to its tradition of being a school that was one of the first in analytics, and remains one of the best at producing so many of the world’s best and brightest business leaders.


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