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Dean’s 20-Year Tenure at the Tuck School to End: MBA News Snippets

By Tim Dhoul

Updated September 5, 2019 Updated September 5, 2019

The Tuck School of Business appoints new dean from within

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has announced Matthew Slaughter as its new dean, the first change at the school’s helm in 20 years.

Dean Paul Danos is to step aside for Slaughter after completing his fifth term at the end of the academic year this June.

The appointment is one from within - Slaughter is currently a management professor and associate dean for faculty at the Tuck School of Business and has been at Dartmouth since 1994. An expert in economics and the politics of globalization, he initially joined Dartmouth’s economics department, where he taught undergraduates, before moving over to the Tuck School in 2002. From 2005 to 2007, Slaughter took leave from Dartmouth to serve as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the US president’s executive office.

“Tuck and Dartmouth have been my professional home since graduate school, and I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Slaughter said in a press release for the Tuck School of Business.  

MBA program applications up at Yale SOM

MBA program applications to Yale School of Management (Yale SOM) are up on last year by 31% in the second of three application cycles, according to a report in Yale Daily News. Despite the rises seen, the school says its MBA class size will remain at around 300 for the next two years, as planned.

The increasing interest has been attributed to the facilities on offer in its new building and the greater capabilities enjoyed by Yale SOM’s admissions office – which has been promoting the program’s global outlook to international applicants.

In 2011, Yale SOM was behind the launch of an international management network that now counts 27 business schools around the world as members. Yale SOM also runs a center in Beijing, launched last year by the wider Yale University to host leadership programs and conferences.

Design-led approach in new Georgetown MBA class

Georgetown MBA students at the McDonough School of Business are taking a design-led approach to innovation as part of a newly-launched marketing module.

The ‘Collaborative Design for Innovation’ class will see teams design a nutritional snack product to benefit a program for the NGO, Share Our Strength, which aims to combat child hunger. The design project will demand that Georgetown MBA students pay heed to the organization’s ethos as much as customer needs.

The course is an example of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Technology - Enhanced Learning (ITEL) grant program – through which faculty can receive the funding needed to put more creative teaching approaches into effect.

Design thinking as a creative approach to organizational challenges is a concept that is growing in influence. Its importance to management education was underlined at a seminar held by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) recently, where it was said that a design thinking mindset should ideally permeate an entire organization – rather than specific teams within one.

Scholarships lift for Gonzaga University’s indigenous MBA

Gonzaga University's Graduate School of Business’s MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship (MBA/AIE) program is set for a boost of US$2 million in scholarship funding, after the school said it would match a US$1 million donation.  

The MBA/AIE was founded at Gonzaga University in 2001 to help prepare leaders of indigenous origin, or those working directly with them, for the requirements demanded in running businesses in reservation communities.

The two-year program, which combines online distance learning with two residential sessions in Spokane, Washington State, has graduated over 50 students since then.

One MBA/AIE alumna of Gonzaga University, Monica LeBret, now manages the finances for the Kalispel (Pend d’Oreilles) throughout different community projects and organizations. Another, Richard Janssen, is now the head of natural resources for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai (Ktunaxa) Tribes.

This article was originally published in January 2015 . It was last updated in September 2019

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Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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