Graduate Management News

April 2016

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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  • Simon Business School to receive $20 million gift. The University of Rochester's Simon Business School has received a $20 million anonymous gift commitment — the largest single pledge in the Simon school's history. The donor, a graduate of the Simon school, is a businessman based in New Jersey. The gift is in the donor’s will and will eventually be given to the school with no restrictions.

  • Georgia State University redesigns part-time MBA program. This fall, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business will launch a significantly redesigned program for its flagship part-time MBA. The new curriculum and experiences emphasize business acumen and data-driven analytical skills to anticipate the future needs of consumers, businesses, and societies. Among the changes to both the Professional MBA and Flexible MBA programs are a focus on emerging business needs, and an increased focus on digital innovation and data analytics.

  • Pepperdine University names new b-school dean. Deryck J. van Rensburg, former president of global ventures at Coca-Cola Co., will take over as the dean of the Graziadio School of Business on Nov. 1. Van Rensberg was selected based on his mix of academic and corporate experience, according to Rick Marrs, provost and chief academic officer at the university. Van Rensburg succeeds Dave Smith as dean of the business school.

  • In other Pepperdine news, the Graziadio School of Business has launched a new full-time Master of Science in Applied Analytics (MSAA) program. The new program integrates content from multiple analytics disciplines and functional business areas to focus on building individual skill sets, practical business applications, and real-world perspectives. Students may specialize in either information systems or decision sciences, or focus across business applications. The MSAA program offers experiential learning opportunities through its Education-to-Business (E2B) consulting program, an applied research class and independent study, an internship requirement, and a global study-abroad experience.
  • Catholic University appoints new b-school dean. Bill Bowman, currently the CEO and president of Boston-based Core Values Group LLC., will begin his work as dean of the School of Business and Economics on August 1, 2016. Bowman graduated with honors as an engineering student from Northwestern University. He earned an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School. Bowman was previously the president and CEO of US Inspect, a building inspection company in Virginia and president of ChildrenFirst Inc., a national leading provider of childcare for corporations. Bowman has over 25 years of experience in business.