"I was involved with the family dairy business, and my dad was ill with Parkinson's disease. I wanted to get my MBA as quickly as I could. I just took a chance on Tuck. It was first rate—just a very good experience," says Rod MacLellan. "I want to see Tuck continue in the ranks of the top-notch business schools. I want it to keep doing what it's doing. It's on the right path."
In the 1990s, MacLennan found himself applying, in unexpected ways, knowledge from a case study on corporate governance he'd had at Tuck three decades earlier. The spread of AIDS and some public-health mismanagement in his native Canada had created serious problems with the safety of the nation's blood supply, and he was part of a team charged with solving them. The remedy worked, and today Canada has one of the safest blood supplies in the world.
"That case study introduced us to thinking about governance issues," he says. "I was proud to be part of a project to get things right." In recognition of his many charitable activities, including his work with the blood system, he was selected as a member of the Order of Canada, one of the nation's highest honors.
As senior vice president of Scotsburn Dairy Group, Rod MacLennan helped grow the family dairy business and its successor into a $250 million enterprise active in four Canadian provinces. The warm reception he got as a Tuck "foreigner" in the early 1960s inspired him to establish a scholarship fund for fellow Canadians at the school.
I want to see Tuck continue in the ranks of the top-notch business schools. I want it to keep doing what it's doing. It's on the right path.” Rod MacLennan T'62