April 17, 2020
It is hard to believe it was only one month ago that I first let you know of our plans for the Tuck spring term. Since then, I have shared many updates with you—on the progress we have made together, as well as on the challenges that lie ahead.
I write today, as we near the midpoint of a term none of us had expected, with a simple message of thanks. Thank you for your continued engagement in your MBA education. Thank you for the openness with which you have approached the changes to your Tuck experience. And importantly, thank you for doing all of this while also taking such good care of one another.
One of the things that makes learning at Tuck special is the dynamic give-and-take between students and faculty. I had the pleasure of seeing this firsthand on Monday, as a guest in Aine Donovan’s Ethics in Action elective. The level of preparation and participation from students was truly impressive; it was one of the most vibrant classes I have been a part of—virtual or otherwise.
Equally vibrant is your commitment to our virtual co-curricular programming. We were delighted so many of you attended our first-ever Faculty Research Chat this week, in which Associate Professor Emily Blanchard connected her work on the global economy to the coronavirus pandemic. We have five more of these sessions scheduled in the coming weeks, with Associate Professor Dan Feiler leading our next chat on Tuesday, April 28 in the noon hour.
Looking ahead, we are also excited to resume virtually our View From the Top speaker series. On May 1, we will welcome retired four-star U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of both the U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces and the Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. On May 14, we will have another View From the Top keynote with Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty.
This series is just one of many co-curricular opportunities we will be delivering virtually in the second half of the term. While we wish you could experience the full richness of these opportunities in person, I have every confidence that—thanks to your continued engagement—they will be special nonetheless.
Thanks, and take good care this weekend.
Matthew J. Slaughter
Dean of the Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.