Meet the Dean

Summer 2018

Summer is a special time at Tuck. The beauty of our region is on full display and opportunities abound to share in its splendor with family and friends alike. There is also no better time to welcome into our community new learners for our wonderful pre- and post-MBA programs.

Today, for example, our pioneering Business Bridge Program welcomes 131 students for the second of two summer Bridge sessions. Hailing from 12 different countries and 59 different academic institutions, their arrival enlivens and energizes our campus during what is truly one of the most spectacular times of the year here in New England. Last week also saw the arrival on campus of another inspiring Master of Health Care Delivery Science class, as well as participants in Tuck Executive Education’s flagship Advanced Management Program.

It was on a picture-perfect day much like today that we sent our latest class of wise leaders off into the world at our Tuck Investiture ceremony. Helping us do so was David Rubenstein, a longtime mentor of mine and founder of The Carlyle Group, who delivered an especially resonant message as this year’s Investiture speaker. David urged students to “continuously learn, learn, and learn. Exercise your mind as the muscle that it is.” Lifelong learning is a practice to which we at Tuck all aspire and I could think of no better message to leave with our graduates as they departed our Hanover base camp.

As we all know, essential to building these habits of lifelong learning are world-class faculty. This summer we are delighted to welcome six new terrific scholars to Tuck. Jim Smith has joined the Tuck faculty as the Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science, a position that falls within Dartmouth College’s Jack Byrne Academic Cluster in Mathematics and Decision Science; Brian Melzer has joined Tuck’s finance group as associate professor; Lauren Grewal has joined Tuck’s marketing group as assistant professor; Ramon Lecuona has joined Tuck’s strategy and management group as assistant professor; Jennifer Dannals has joined Tuck as an assistant professor in the strategy and management group; and Lindsey Leininger has joined the faculty as a clinical professor in health care.

Lifelong learning also requires a curriculum that is rigorous and relevant. As we shared earlier this year, we are in the process of a core curriculum review for the MBA program. This year-long process has already generated a first wave of ideas and pilots, and work continues apace to bring these exciting ideas to life. With these new innovations, we will ensure that the foundation of the Tuck MBA remains timeless and timely, through refinements designed to make it even more digital, more global, and more connected to the questions of tomorrow.

To help attract students well-matched to our distinct Tuck curriculum, our talented MBA Admissions team has been invigorating our admissions process. Under the leadership of Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid, Tuck is reducing the number of decision rounds from four to three, which will result in faster notifications. The school has also introduced new criteria comprising four attributes reflective of successful Tuck students—smart, nice, accomplished, and aware—that tie closely both to Tuck’s mission of wise leadership and to Tuck’s newly designed application.

In support of all our Tuck endeavors, the April launch of The Tuck Difference: The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Wise Leaders, a $250-million philanthropic effort in support of our people, programs, and places, was another wonderful milestone for our community. As part of Dartmouth’s $3-billion comprehensive campaign, The Tuck Difference endeavors to secure Tuck’s distinctive leadership and ready tomorrow’s wise leaders to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. And I am thrilled to report that with this year’s largest ever gift to scholarship aid and several significant gifts designated to dean’s strategic priorities, we are already more than halfway to our goal.

Finally, I shared recently news of important leadership changes reflective of the evolving priorities of our team. Connie Helfat, the J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy, has agreed to serve in Tuck’s newly-created position of Associate Dean for Research Innovation. Connie has joined Punam Keller, the Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management, who has moved into the new position of Deputy Dean.

I look forward to connecting with you in the new academic year ahead. In the meantime, may you continue to enjoy a rejuvenating and restorative summer in our wonderful part of the world.


Matthew J. Slaughter
The Paul Danos Dean
Tuck School of Business


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