My new role as interim Dean (September 2012) has provided a fresh perspective on our school and an increased level of appreciation for our many stakeholders. It is refreshing to see and feel the level of expectations, commitment and appreciation that our stakeholders have for our business school. UAB is one of the “Best Business Schools” in the world, due in part, to the following six groups of people who are positively engaged with the school on a day-to-day basis:
First, I am amazed by the level of engagement of our student leaders matriculating through our programs where they enliven our programs and serve (particularly at recruiting events) as excellent ambassadors of our school.
Second, I am also amazed by the care and dedication of our 60 full-time faculty and 25 staff members who labor numerous long hours to persistently meet the many needs of our students. Here, we need to do all that we can to continue to recruit and retain excellent faculty and staff.
Third, I am amazed by the openness and support of the administrators, across UAB, who have high expectations for our School.
Fourth, on a recent trip to visit some major donors, I was truly enlightened by these highly successful alumni who recalled many fond memories of the early preparation and support that our faculty and staff provided them.
Fifth, I am amazed by the members of the business community who want to be more engaged with our business school.
Finally, I am amazed by the people who call on our school to help our community to reach and guide our young people into preparing themselves for successful careers.
UAB is a recognized leader in business education because of people like you. Thank you for your ongoing support of our School.
In my next memo, I will share some perspectives on programs and process and then on performance in our school.