I’m so pleased to be sharing my annual report with you! In this year's Dean's Report, you’ll read about a brand-new career services portal, innovative new graduate programs, faculty research awards and honors, and numerous exceptional Isenberg students and graduates.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our recent Dean’s Lunchtime Chat that talked about the successful fall semester and on the steps we’re taking to further enable career success for Isenberg students. I’d like to thank Holly Lawrence for demonstrating our new career and professional developemnt platform that was created out of a partnership with alumn David Kozhuk ’08, and the Career Peers for sharing their excitment and experience with helping their peers. If you were not able to attend, you can watch the recording here at anytime.
I’m often asked about rankings and how much they matter. While my first concern is always ensuring that the programs and services we offer for students at all levels are as good as they can possibly be, the truth is that maintaining and improving our rankings is important in many ways.
To help support faculty efforts to rapidly integrating technological solutions into even our most traditional classroom settings, I am announcing the Isenberg Teaching Fellows Program and the Teaching with Digital Technology Award.
While we speak of diversity and inclusion in our mission and our vision, that is not enough. We must bring it to life in our work, our academic and curricular activities, and our everyday interactions.
On April 17th, I answered questions from our alumni community about Isenberg’s current learning and working situation. We covered how our students are being supported through the transition to online learning, how we are maintaining a sense of community, the financial health of the school, and how alumni can help support our students through this unprecedented time. Watch the video recording to hear how I responded and thank you to our senior host, Samantha Mack.
Given the COVID-19 global pandemic and our necessary responses to it, we are in a world none of us have ever experienced before. This has brought all of us uncertainty and distress. It has also created a great sense of loss for our campus community and Isenberg family. I share your disappointment, and that of faculty and staff—we were all anticipating warm and sunny days on campus, and all the events that make spring special at UMass Amherst and Isenberg. I personally enjoyed walking through the Innovation Hub this year, talking with many of you while you studied, staffed informational...
I know that the news about our campus transitioning to remote course delivery may be causing uncertainty and stress for you, but please be aware that we are working hard to make the process as smooth and seamless as possible.
Welcome, students! I am excited and honored to begin my first semester as dean of the Isenberg School of Management. I am also looking forward to meeting and getting to know Isenberg students over the coming year.
Anne P. Massey, professor and Ruth L. Nelson Chair of Business at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, has been named dean of the Isenberg School of Management. Massey will assume her duties on August 11, 2019. Read more about her background and vision for the Isenberg School.
Fasten your seatbelts—we’re embarking on a watershed year. Between the opening of the Business Innovation Hub this semester and the introduction of our new permanent dean, Anne Massey, in August, we’re looking at celebrations and transitions of the best kind in 2019.
Congratulations to Isenberg students Michael Famiglietti ’19 and Paige Kozlowski ’19 for earning Fall 2018 UMass Scholar-Athlete honors. Mike, an accounting major and a captain of the varsity Division 1 cross country and track and field teams, finished 16th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships—the top performer among Minutemen. A dual major in Sport Management and Operations and Information Management, Paige was the starting defensive midfielder for a UMass varsity women’s soccer squad that posted its best record since 2011.
Kudos to Associate Dean Linda Enghagen for her honor as a 2018 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow! A community of higher education leaders and innovators, the OLC advances quality in digital teaching and learning experiences to reach and engage today’s learners. Nominated by Frank Tomsic, Director of Health Forum Education at the American Hospital Association, Linda earned the OLC distinction for her prowess in translating complex copyright and fair use law in her years of training distance educators.
This academic year will highlight the inauguration of our iconic Business Innovation Hub, but our investment in new faculty is no less eventful. Thanks in large part to our growing national reputation, we have attracted eleven gifted, cutting-edge educators. Our new hires specialize in areas such as forensic accounting, real estate, human resources, and gamification.
Welcome back to Isenberg! And welcome to a milestone year of extraordinary excitement and importance for this wonderful institution. As your interim dean, I am looking forward to the year ahead, it will be a memorable time of transition, as the school prepares to embark on the next stage of its remarkable journey. It is truly an honor and a privilege to lead this exceptional institution at this moment in time. We are indeed poised for more great things.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the new leadership team for the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship. Over the past year we have been working to transition the Center and establish “Berthiaume 2.0,” and we now have a fantastic new team in place to move the Center forward and lead it into the new academic year.
In the years ahead, we will continue to build on the successes of the past, while pursuing bold new initiatives enabled by our status as a premier business school on the flagship campus in the state U.S. News ranks as #1 for education. In many ways, our work this year will set the table for this next chapter. This includes ensuring that we are organized in a way that will enable us to pursue the opportunities that lie before us. To this end, I have news today regarding the school’s Senior Leadership Team, which is made up of the Dean and the Associate Deans who report to the Dean. In...
Working hand in glove with Vice Dean Tom Moliterno has been one of the great joys of my tenure as dean. I am therefore pleased and proud that Tom is succeeding me in a one-year appointment as Isenberg’s Interim Dean. That appointment, which begins on July 1, will ensure continuity during a year of dynamic change at the school. Most eventful on our vibrant agenda will be the January 1 debut of our state-of-the-art, 70,000 square-foot Business Innovation Hub. In that enterprise, Tom’s leadership has graced every phase of its development.
For me, nothing is more gratifying than Isenberg alumni who energize our academic mission through their financial support for endowed faculty positions. It’s an endorsement of our faculty, who share like-minded interests with our alumni. I am therefore delighted to announce the appointment of two newly created professorships. The first, The John F. Kennedy Endowed Professorship, goes to David Piercey, chair of our Department of Accounting. The second, The Charles P. McQuaid Endowed Professorship, to Dean’s Faculty Fellow and Professor of Finance Bing Liang.
I have an important leadership change to share with you, and this is my first opportunity to share it broadly following our record setting #UMassGives event! Effective July 1, 2018, I will assume the role of vice chancellor for development and alumni relations for the UMass Amherst campus.