Graduate Management News

October 2014

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Read the latest news about programs from around the world.

  • MBA 2020: Envision, Exchange, and Engage! Join the MBA Roundtable and host sponsor, IE Business School, on November 6-8 in Madrid, Spain to network and learn the latest trends and strategies to revitalize your MBA curriculum. Registration is now open.
  • UT renames College of Business Administration. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has voted to rename the College of Business Administration the Haslam College of Business. For the first time in its history, UT has named a college in recognition of an alumnus and donor. The Haslam family, of Knoxville, recently donated a landmark gift of $50 million to the College of Business Administration. The gift was made in honor of the family’s patriarch, James A. Haslam, a 1952 graduate of the college, former vice chair of the UT Board of Trustees, and a UT Distinguished Alumnus.
  • Delaney to step down as dean of Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. Delaney is stepping down because he believes organizations need new leadership to remain “fresh and vital.” He will remain dean until Pitt selects a successor and will then return to Pitt’s business faculty. University spokesperson Cara Masset said the person who will be filling the position has yet to be determined. Delaney became the sixth dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration in 2006. Delaney was instrumental in opening Pitt’s financial analysis lab in 2008.
  • Saint Louis University appoints Mark Higgins next dean of the John Cook School of Business, effective Jan. 1. Higgins has been a member of the University of Rhode Island’s faculty since 1988. He was appointed dean of its business college in 2006. Higgins succeeds Scott Safranski, an associate professor of management who has served as interim dean since 2013. Ellen Harshman, now SLU’s interim vice president for academic affairs, preceded Safranski as dean of the business school. Higgins is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Higgins is a CPA and prior to his time at the University of Rhode Island, he was a tax manager for Ernst and Young in New York City.
  • Rutgers Business School achieves gender parity. The school’s new class of full-time MBAs is 51% female. By comparison, the average share of women in MBA programs across North American business schools is 37%, according to data from AACSB International. It should be noted that Rutgers’ MBA program is relatively small—its new class of students numbers just 79. The surge in female MBA candidates is noteworthy for Rutgers, which had never seen more women than men enrolled in its MBA program before this year, and in 2013 had a class that was 39% women.