2017 Celebration

As graduation day approached, I found myself feeling wistful and nostalgic towards the class of 2017. Over the past two years, I had the opportunity and privilege to get to know each student individually. At the graduation ceremony, I had the pleasure to meet their families, partners and friends, defiantly a highlight for me. Soon after graduation, they packed up their belongings and moved to various parts of the country, excited to start their new careers. 

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Matt Clayton on a boat holding a bubblehead

In the middle of Lake Monona on a sunny May afternoon, the class of 2017, 2018 and Nicholas Center staff said farewell and thank you to Matt Clayton. Guests, gathered to celebrate the graduating class of 2017 and surprise Matt with a farewell presentation and gift. Second year students, Rishi Shah, Colin Plunkett, David Stead, Will Bishop along with Lisa White the Center's Assistant Director dreamed up the perfect departure gift – a bobble head doll in Matt's likeness! 

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Statistics with an arrow and alternating light and dark blue bar graph

Eleven out of our 12 first year CFIB students will begin their internships this summer, working in locations on the east coast to southern United States (New York, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin). The total number of first year students enrolled in the WSB Full-time MBA program who have secured an internship is at 98% (93 out of 95). At the time of this publication 9 out of 14 graduating second years have obtained full-time employment – the remaining 5 are still seeking. Salary statistics for the whole graduating MBA class of 2017 stands at:

  • Average salary: $98,811
  • Median salary: $100,000
  • Salary range: $50,000 - $140,000
  • Salary increase (pre-MBA to post-MBA): 62%
  • Average signing bonus: $19,557
  • % Receiving signing bonus: 67%

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Letter from Brad Chandler

Some changes in life are big.  In March 2017, my wife and I decided to turn our lives upside down and move from New York City to Madison, Wisconsin.  I had just been promoted to Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, one of my top professional goals that took me over 10 years to achieve.  Weeks later, I told my boss that I was leaving to join the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking.  

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The Nicholas Center plans to host an alumni event every two years. Stay tuned for information regarding the fall 2018 event!

 


Learning commons concept with students new layout and staircase

The results of a feasibility study indicated that Grainger Hall supports a growing demand for collaborative learning space. The new space called the Learning Commons Project is a collaboration between the WSB and UW-Madison’s General Library System. The construction renovation will bring the East and West wings together creating spaces with active learning classrooms, a Finance and Analytics Lab with state-of-the art technology, break-out rooms and collaborative gathering space with 130 seats. 

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Anne P. Massey will begin her role as the new Wisconsin School of Business Dean on August 7th. Massey has received recognition throughout her career for her excellence in teaching, receiving Indiana University Board of Trustees’ Distinguished Teaching Award and Kelly’s MBA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She also received recognition from Bloomberg Businessweek as an Outstanding MBA Faculty Member. Her accomplishments and record of academic leadership will serve her well as the new Dean. Sarah Mangelsdorf, UW-Madison provost commented that, “we are fortunate to have someone with Anne’s experience lead the Wisconsin School of Business as its next dean.”

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At the time of this publication, The Corporate Finance and Investment Banking specialization has 11 students enrolled in the program starting this fall. The incoming students have received their undergrad from universities located in Wisconsin (2 Badgers), Arizona, Miami, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Indiana and Minnesota. This group is very bright with an average GMAT of 693 with interests in IB, Corporate Finance and Consulting. 

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The 2017 spring semester applied learning sessions, better known as Current Topics, focused on corporate finance transactions presented by company executives. The Nicholas Center gives gratitude to our guests who presented on the following topics: Chris Yarbro, Corporate Controller with Promega Corp. (Financing a Share Buyback), Judd Nystrom, CFO with At Home Group (Launching an IPO), Aaron Holt ’00, VP, FP&A Global Product Supply, Technology & Business Services and his team from SC Johnson (Sustainability Leadership & Financial Considerations), and Robert Brothers ’15, Asst. VP, Portfolio Manager and his team from Associated Bank (Corporate/Commercial Banking).

The student’s gain a great deal of insight and knowledge from each presentation and enjoy the accessibility to our guest presenters. The Nicholas Center is seeking presenters for the upcoming academic year and ask that alumni and board members reach out to Lisa White if they are interested.