Friday, July 8, 2011
From Vice Dean Joan Schmit:
What an amazing time it is for the Wisconsin School of Business, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the entire state of Wisconsin, and, in fact, the whole of higher education. Into this exciting and quickly changing environment, I could not be more pleased than to welcome François Ortalo-Magné as the second Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business.
Dean Ortalo-Magné (Ph.D. in Economics, 1995) has been chair of the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department of the Wisconsin School of Business since 2008. He initiated and directs the new Global Real Estate Master, which partners UW-Madison with three of the world’s top business schools: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, INCAE Costa Rica, and HEC Paris.
Our new dean is an expert on housing markets with a focus on the determinants of housing prices and transactions, housing supply regulation, and the process of buying and selling homes. He came to the Wisconsin School of Business from the London School of Economics.
We all can look forward to working with Dean François Ortalo-Magné in continuing the extraordinary progress made during Dean Michael Knetter’s tenure in strengthening our research and educational programs, highlighting the uniqueness of the Wisconsin School of Business, and reaching out to our alumni and business communities.
Having been privileged to serve as interim dean, I more than anyone am aware of the marvelous opportunity awaiting Dean Ortalo-Magné. I am certain he will find leading an institution whose faculty, staff, and alumni work tirelessly and give so generously of themselves both humbling and edifying. The true partnerships that have been formed for the good of the whole rather than individual recognition provide a powerful statement of who we are and what make Wisconsin so special. The quality of the individuals involved and the level of engagement can make us all proud.
It has been my honor to serve as the school's interim dean these past nine months, and as vice dean and senior associate dean since 2008. I will continue as interim dean until September 1st, when Dean Ortalo-Magné officially begins his tenure, and will do all I can to promote a smooth transition. To begin, please join me in congratulating our new dean.