As spring makes its way to Ithaca, our thoughts and prayers remain with our alumni and friends who are still coping with the effects of natural disasters and turmoil around the world. We hope you will all take time to reach out to each other during this period when so many are dealing with so much. The Johnson community is strong and committed to helping one another.
I am pleased to be able to report many positive activities. First, I have just come off a period of global travel and was thrilled to connect with many alumni and supporters in business and the media in all locations. Have a look at my Facebook page (and if you haven't already, sign up to be my friend) to see where I have been.
Upon my arrival back to campus, I was delighted to be able to introduce our 2011 Durland lecturer, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. Polman delivered what was truly an inspiring talk about what an organization can do to create and grow sustainable solutions and business practices with perseverance and desire. If you weren't able to watch the live Web cast, I hope you can take a few minutes to read the stories or watch the video of the talk through the link above.
We continue to make progress on our Strategic Plan, and we had an opportunity to share some of those updates live with students recently at a Town Hall event hosted by Adam Beane, MBA '10. While I have been sharing news about the Strategic Plan in various messages to you, we will soon make all updates available to everyone in one location on the Web so that you can track the school's progress on our goals from wherever you are and whenever you can.
At the Town Hall event, I also announced to students that the university provost's office has formally begun the search for my replacement. While I cannot believe we have nearly reached the end of my five-year term, we have accomplished a lot together and will continue to do more through the end of my tenure as dean in July 2012. The provost's office has retained the professional search firm of Spencer Stuart to assist in the search process. They come highly recommended and will be coming to campus in early May to speak with the different constituencies of the school as part of their initial efforts. In the next few weeks, the provost will be finalizing the membership of the search committee. We have set up a confidential mailbox (JohnsonSchoolDeanSearch@cornell.edu) for the search, and I encourage you to submit any comments or suggestions you might have, as well as any thoughts regarding potential dean candidates. We are aware of the vital importance of this choice given the exciting yet volatile environment in which we compete, but know that I remain committed to Johnson as its dean until the last day of my formal appointment and following that, as a faculty member and life-long friend and ally.
Speaking of the coming year, our numbers for the incoming class look great. In terms of GMAT scores, work experience, diversity, and overall passion and excitement about being at Johnson, our incoming students are outstanding, and it will be so exciting to welcome all to the lifelong, global Johnson community.
Finally, along with our competitors, we continue to face an improved but still challenging job market. I am proud of the work that the CMC, our students, and alumni have done together to drive our career success into a better position this year. But we can't relax on this issue for one moment. We still have students seeking positions, and you can click here to view their resumes. You can search by class year, target function, and target industry. If you know of job listings, have one yourself, or wish to help our students as a JCoach, please email the CMC or call 607-255-4888.
Thank you for all you do for Johnson, your school. Remember to visit our Web site to see the latest news and to share your ideas. Also, remember to "friend" and "follow" Johnson on Facebook and Twitter. We have so many exciting things going on and we want to make sure we reach you with everything that's great at and about Johnson.
Thank you all for your ongoing commitment and for representing all that we are wherever you go!
All best to you and yours,