Graduate Management News

February 2016

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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  • Rice names new dean. Peter Rodriguez, senior associate dean for degree programs and chief diversity officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, has been named dean of Rice’s business school, effective July 1, 2016. He will succeed Bill Glick, who will return to the faculty after serving as dean for the past 11 years. Rodriguez is a Princeton-educated economist and specializes in the study of international business and trade, with an emphasis on understanding and alleviating the effects of corruption on economic development. Before joining the Darden faculty, Rodriguez was on the faculty of Mays Business School and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He also previously taught at Princeton University. In addition, he worked for several years as an associate in the Global Energy Group at JPMorgan Chase.

  • $10 million gift to expand leadership program at Wharton. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million commitment from Anne Welsh McNulty (Wharton MBA Class of 1979), which will drive the expansion and global reach of the current Wharton Leadership Program. In recognition of this gift, the Wharton Leadership Program will be renamed the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School. Under its new name, the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School will elevate the School’s approach to leadership learning and development. 

  • Brown to launch Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. With a $25-million gift, Brown University will establish the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, combining real-world experience with academic expertise to equip students for lives of innovation and impact. The gift from Jonathan M. Nelson, a 1977 Brown undergraduate alumnus and founder and CEO of Providence Equity Partners, will support a student-centered and faculty-led initiative that will differ from many other programs in its action-oriented and interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship. The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship will operate in collaboration with existing departments, schools, and centers at Brown to provide students with a strong academic grounding in entrepreneurship, blended with applied experiences and mentorship opportunities. Funding from the gift will also kick off planning of a facility to house classrooms, workspaces, and areas for faculty and students to collaborate on developing new ventures. 

  • Manchester Met University recognized by AACSB. The Manchester Metropolitan University Business School has been recognized by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its training program with HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) titled, “The Way We Connect: Outreach and Engagement.” The program details how the business school, in partnership with HMRC, devised two qualifications: one for their graduate entry scheme for tax professionals and a second for senior policy staff. HMRC has progressively integrated these modules into its six monthly internal appraisal system. The first cohort graduated in 2014 with 87 students and the intake has risen to 200 per year. Currently working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University, HMRC is offering advice and support in further restructuring their degree-level tax professional training including supporting different approaches to learning and assessment.