Letter from the Director
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By Mike Judge
Happy Holidays from Madison!
As many of you may have heard, it was quite the fall semester here at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB).
Back in October, a proposal was put forth by the new WSB leadership to evaluate our portfolio of programs which included the potential suspension of the full time MBA program. Once this was made public, there was a tremendous outpouring of dissent and passion from current students, alumni, and friends of the WSB. It was a tumultuous few weeks for those of us that work in Grainger, but at that same time it was uplifting to see so much support and gratitude for our amazing programs. The proposal was ultimately rescinded and Chancellor Blank has committed to strengthening the full-time MBA, as well as expanding and building new programs at the WSB.
Now we can look forward to and plan for our future. It is important that we as a Center and as a School continue to grow and meet market demands. We expect change and are excited to see in what new ways we can meet student and industry needs. Our goal is to continually improve and excel.
This fall has had some great firsts for the CBPM. We admitted our largest class to date, with 25 students in the Class of 2019. We launched our Alumni Mentoring Program, matching alumni with current students. We also hosted our first Expanded Advisory Board Meeting & Alumni Reunion where we welcomed back over 30 alumni to the Advisory Board Meeting, hosted an Alumni Reception & cheered on the Badgers with a pre-game tailgate before the Iowa game. Over 110 people participated in different events over the three days: seeing so many of you back on campus was my personal highlight of the fall semester.
As I write this, the CPBM is busy recruiting our Class of 2020 (if you have any leads, check out our Alumni Referral Program information in the "Alumni Engagement" section), planning our visit to India over the January break & setting up some great spring Applied Learnings.
The challenging events of this fall has helped jumpstart a terrific coming together of our students, alumni & board members. We are excited to take this momentum, and together with the WSB faculty, staff and new interim Dean Barry Gerhart, use it to help us shape the future of the Center and the School.
If you are looking to get involved please see our Alumni Engagement section.