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When I arrived at the Lerner College last summer, I was fortunate to find in place a high standard for leadership and outreach, and supportive and engaged graduates and partners. With the college poised for prominence, I introduced the Way Forward in March. This vision document outlines the need to grow our graduate programs, raise our research profile, and build a unique “Lerner angle” that features experience-driven learning and evidence-based analytics.
Although we are just at the start, the Lerner College is already moving forward with important initiatives to help us accomplish this vision. Our partnership and programs through the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center have resulted in executive training programs and new faculty research; the John L. Weinberg Center continues to be one of the nation’s leading corporate governance centers under the direction of Charles Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance; and we have established a unique collaboration with Academic Partnerships, an innovative leader in distance learning, to offer an online MBA in 2013.
The 2012-2013 academic year promises to be full of high-profile initiatives. On October 17, Lance T. Shaner, chairman and CEO of the Shaner Companies, will present in our Chaplin Tyler Lecture Series. The Lerner College will also roll out its first-ever identity st yle guide to support our communications and marketing. In December, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the college’s naming dedication for Alfred Lerner, former chairman and chief executive officer of MBNA Corporation, and next spring, our Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management will celebrate its first 25 years. Perhaps most exciting, Entrepreneurial Studies and the Venture Development Center at the Lerner College are poised to raise their level of activity, visibility, and impact with the launch of the Horn Program this fall, made possible through the generosity of Charlie Horn (AS75).
We are also cognizant of the attention this election year is bringing to business growth, economic opportunities, and management in a global context, and we are driven to accomplish more and emphasize the educational contributions we make on these topics. I invite you to join with us in our activities as the Lerner College continues moving forward in pursuit of prominence.Sincerely,
Bruce W. Weber
Dean of the Lerner College of Business and Economics