Dean candidates visit Sage
The first two weeks of April saw both finalists for the next dean of the Johnson School dive into presentations, meetings, and sessions of all sorts with members of the school community and university administrators. David A. Besanko started his whirlwind on campus with breakfast on April 2. Over the next two days, he lunched with students and staff, and gave a presentation at an open forum. Besanko is currently the Alvin J. Huss Distinguished Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Elke U. Weber, the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, visited Sage Hall on April 9 and April 10, and also experienced a jam-packed schedule of meetings, lunches, and presentations. The Office of the Provost maintains an up-to-date Web site on the Johnson School's dean search that includes videos of the candidates' open forums.
Case competition caps fall semester
Keeping a Web site fresh requires constant updating as well as ongoing analysis of where visitors go and what they look for, and using that information to make a site as user-friendly, informative, and engaging as possible. Check out these newly redesigned and updated pages on the Johnson School's Web site: Parker Center for Investment Research, Alumni Affairs, and Prospective Students/Academic Programs home page.
New names for TMO, Boardroom
The Johnson School's one-year MBA and the multi-point videoconferencing Executive MBA, formerly known as the Boardroom EMBA program, are phasing in new names this year. The Twelve-Month Option, or TMO, is now the Accelerated MBA. The Johnson School and Queen's School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, have agreed to officially change the name of their joint Executive MBA to the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program. Before, each school used different program names for marketing and recruiting.
Changing of the guard
After eight years of service to the Johnson School, Richard Shafer stepped down as the Johnson School's associate dean for corporate relations. He left to take up the next phase of his career as a partner with Waltham, Massachusetts-based TruePoint Partners, a Boston-area consulting firm.
"Dick has done an outstanding job in this role, and has been a significant force in many key areas in the school," said Johnson School Dean Robert Swieringa, in his announcement.
Dean Swieringa appointed Randy Allen as acting associate dean for corporate relations. She will serve in the post April 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. Allen, a 22-year veteran of Deloitte Consulting, has been a senior lecturer of strategy and consultant-in-residence at the Johnson School since 2002. She is the main architect of the school's successful Consulting Focus addition to the MBA curriculum.
Business Idea winner
e2e Materials, a producer of strong, biodegradable composites from renewable fibers and soy protein, won the seventh annual Big Red Ventures Business Idea Competition April 19. Using Cornell technology, e2e Materials is working to commercialize a formaldehyde-free, cost-competitive alternative to particleboard. As the winner, e2e Materials will receive $10,000 and 20 hours of free legal help through Big Red Legal, Cornell's entrepreneurship legal services program.
The eight finalists presented their business ideas before a panel of experts, who judged the presentations on criteria such as innovation and originality, competitive analysis, business model viability, management team, and potential venture-capital interest.
Hall of Honor
The Johnson School community honored Cornell Trustee and Johnson School Advisor Emeritus Rob Dyson, MBA '74, as the 14th Hall of Honor inductee at a ceremony held, appropriately, in Sage Hall's Dyson Atrium April 20. The atrium was named in honor of Rob's parents, Margaret and Charles Dyson, in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Dyson Foundation at the time of Sage Hall's reconstruction in the 1990s. Rob Dyson is chairman and CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran (DKM), a privately owned, international holding company, and president of the Dyson Foundation, a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation.An active and long-time supporter of Cornell, Rob Dyson's most recent gift to the university is the Dyson Scholars Program, which will benefit top students in Cornell's Undergraduate Business Program (UBP) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Funded with a $5 million gift from the Dyson Foundation, the program will begin making awards to UBP freshmen in fall 2008, will expand in subsequent years to cover all four undergraduate classes and, ultimately, to a select number of UBP students who commit to enrolling in the Johnson School's MBA program. Dyson Scholars will be chosen based on academic performance, with award amounts determined by financial need. Once it is fully funded, the program will offer awards to approximately 60 students each year. Rob Dyson previously endowed the John S. Dyson Professorship in Marketing in UBP to honor his brother, John Dyson '65. "In my brief meeting with Rob, three qualities stood out as pervasive: an eagerness for challenging work; a strong sense of family; and a commitment to philanthropy," noted Cornell University President David Skorton at the induction ceremony.
"We are grateful for Rob's support, leadership, and dedicated service to the Johnson School," said Dean Robert Swieringa. "His passion and support of the school have enhanced its stature and prestige." The Hall of Honor is the highest form of recognition that the Johnson School can bestow.
A farewell tribute
"No one would have wanted to be here more than Sam Johnson," said Hutterly, executive vice president of worldwide corporate and environmental affairs at S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. "When Bob pointed out it was tough getting recruiters to New York, Sam sent a fleet of planes to bring recruiters to campus.When Bob recognized Sam's passion for business and sustainable development, Sam endowed a chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise. None of this could have happened, Bob, without you. It's my pleasure on behalf of Fisk and all the Johnson family to thank you for your commitment, leadership, and service to this school."
To cap the evening, Marin announced that the Advisory Council had secured $2 million for a Dean's Discretionary Fund in honor of Swieringa's service. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, contact William W. Huling, Jr. at email@example.com.