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From the Dean

A view to the future

I'm delighted to be writing to you as the Johnson School's Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, a position I was proud to accept in March. I have a deep sense of pride in the Johnson School and Cornell, and I look forward to leading our great school into the future as we make it even better.

Dean Joseph Thomas Dean Joseph Thomas

Engaging our alumni is a critical part of my role as dean. Since becoming interim dean in July 2007, I have been on the road almost four of the last nine months and met with more than 1,000 alumni throughout the world. It wasa great experience to see familiar faces, to learn about what you are doing, and to tell you about what's new at the Johnson School. I also have used these meetings to listen to what you think is critical in management education, and, specifically, what the Johnson School should be doing to ensure that we are well positioned to educate the business leaders of tomorrow. While I already have a number of initiatives underway, I will be seeking additional input from alumni, faculty, staff, students, corporate partners, and others in a "fast-track" planning process to ensure that we are focusing on the right things in the next few years. I will be reporting on our progress in future issues of Cornell Enterprise and elsewhere.

In the meantime, I am pleased to inform you that the school is doing very well. We have hired 17 terrific new faculty members over the past two years, including both academics and practitioners. We have several active searches in progress. The challenge is that we will need to hire even more, as we grow our Executive MBA programs, and we are always competing with other top schools. The war for talent is very real for us - for faculty, staff, and students.

"We have hired 17 terrific new faculty members and we have several active searches in progress. We will need to hire even more, as we grow our Executive MBA programs, and we are always competing for talent with other top schools."

All four of our MBA programs are thriving. Applications and yield for the Accelerated MBA and two-year resident programs are up dramatically, more than our competitors'. We expect the best classes ever to arrive this summer. We are making significant changes in the elective curriculum to ensure that the educational experience continues to improve. Our Executive MBA programs are growing at a fast pace (see pp. 17-18). These students bring senior-level experience to the classroom; they're a wonderful population to reach; and they help to spread the reputation of the Johnson School. Our Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program allows us to reach a remote audience in a personal way, and the Executive MBA program at Palisades gives us greater presence in New York City.

We have been working hard to get our success stories out to the world. I hope that you saw the "USA Today CEO Forum" story on the front page of the Money section of USA Today, featuring Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express. We send regular messages to all of you with our successes and with press citations. Please help us to spread the word about the school.

We are committed to building and sustaining our reputation as a top-10 school of management. Each success highlights a new challenge. I am ready for both.

I look forward to seeing many more alumni throughout the coming year. I am honored to be your dean and welcome the opportunity to see and hear from many of you in the coming months.

L. Joseph Thomas
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean

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