Fall is a special time at Tuck. The foliage that colors our region is at its brilliant best, and the focus returns to our distinctive learning community. By necessity, much of this focus is inward: on a busy and bracing Fall A for first-year students, and on resuming the rhythms of life at Tuck for our returning second-years.
But as wonderful as it is here in Hanover, we all gain when we look outward. An outward focus readies us for tomorrow by prompting new observations and questions that help us discern what comes next. My travels so far this fall have been a reminder of this. During visits with alumni and companies in England, Norway, China, Japan, and South Korea, I was struck not only by the vibrancy of our world but also by how competitive and fast-changing this world has become.
Tuck’s opportunity is to lead that change. Our mission and strategy orient us well for this work, and they are reflected in our record-setting class of 2020. True to our refined admissions criteria, the T’20s are both exceptionally smart and accomplished. Tuck’s newest class sustains last year’s all-time high GMAT of 722, while posting the highest GRE averages in Tuck’s history. These students join us from 225 unique employers, represent 42 countries by citizenship, and boast the highest percentage of women in school history at 45 percent.
I am equally thrilled to share that for the first time in history a woman now chairs Tuck’s Board of Advisors. Former GE Canada CEO Elyse Allan D’79, T’84, who succeeded Christopher J. Williams T’84 earlier this year, brings an outward-looking perspective essential to success. That orientation is vital to her current work on the boards of several global organizations, and it will serve her well as chair of this important board for Tuck. (Elyse’s appointment follows changes this summer to Tuck’s academic and administrative leadership that ushered in a dynamic team of women leaders, among them Deputy Dean Punam Keller; Associate Dean for Research Innovation Connie Helfat; Associate Dean for the MBA Program Sally Jaeger; and Associate Dean for Planning and Operations Gina C. des Cognets T’01.) We look forward to welcoming Elyse and her fellow board members to Tuck for next week’s fall Board of Advisors meeting, and to benefitting from her counsel in the years to come.
The convening of our advisory boards—Tuck’s MBA Council meets in November—continues what has been an invigorating fall of connections with alumni here at our Hanover base camp and across the globe. Last weekend we welcomed back to Tuck a record number of graduates for Reunion 2018, and in September in London we held the first of our global gatherings celebrating The Tuck Difference, our historic capital campaign. To date we have raised over $143 million toward our goal of $250 million in support of Tuck’s people, programs, and places—including a record $51.3 million last fiscal year that leapfrogged the previous year’s record-setting $31.1 million. I continue to be both humbled and inspired by all this support for our strategic priorities.
In addition to our current and former students, the impact of our terrific Tuck faculty is for me another source of great inspiration. Signal Companies’ Professor of Management Praveen Kopalle’s recent Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Marketing Association is a wonderful example of how Tuck research shapes the broader world. We at Tuck could not be prouder of Praveen and of all our faculty, whose scholarship and teaching drive our mission of educating wise leaders to better the world of business.
Fall is indeed an invigorating time at Tuck, in the MBA program and across all of our business education offerings. We best succeed in all that we do by maintaining our outward focus. Looking outward today prepares us for tomorrow—for a future that we at Tuck are ready to envision, create, and lead.
Matthew J. Slaughter
The Paul Danos Dean
Tuck School of Business
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