Commencement speaker announced, new flags at Owen, and more
Commencement speaker announced, new flags at Owen, and more
Note from the Dean
With commencement on the horizon, we eagerly look forward to welcoming families from all over the world. This year the lobby is ready to make those families feel included. Our new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Ranga Ramanujam, identified the flags as one of several initiatives to address inclusion. While beautiful, our old flags had faded and because they were custom made using a non-standard size it proved challenging to replace or add new flags. Consequently, many students each year were not represented in the lobby.
Over the winter, the old flags were removed and the entire area was repainted to allow for a new set of flag brackets supporting many more flags. The team worked hard to create a solution that is more flexible and can be enjoyed for years to come. As new countries and groups are represented in the building, our Student Life team will be adjusting the collection. We are excited to display flags that inclusively represent the cultures and dimensions of our Owen School community. Owen values diversity and we hope the flags will serve as a visual reminder of our vibrant community. 



April 25 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

May 1 | Closing Bell | Boston

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Remembering Germain Böer

This has been a sad week at Owen as we reflect on the loss of Germain Boer. Our longest running faculty member, Germain Boer passed away on Monday, April 22 in Nashville at age 81. Germain taught at the Owen Graduate School of Management for 40 years. As a Professor of Accounting, he published dozens of articles in premier journals, authored and co-authored 12 books, and educated countless MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Education students. As an unwavering champion of entrepreneurship at Owen, he taught, advised, and invested in generations of student entrepreneurs.

“Germain touched generations of alumni and had a tremendous impact on their lives,” said M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. “Over the past four months of 50th anniversary celebrations around the globe, many alumni remembered him fondly as a caring mentor.” Read more.
Sue Oldham Appointed Associate Dean of MBA Operations
In this new role, Oldham (MBA'93) will be overseeing departments across the MBA program: Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, Shared Services, Extracurricular Learning, and the Career Management Center (CMC). Oldham joins Vanderbilt from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where she had worked since 2008. Read more.
Looking for Vanderbilt Gear?
The University Store offers Owen-branded apparel, including fleeces, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, as well as gear bags and beach totes, in a variety of styles and colors. Visit the store.
Cindy Kent to Speak At Vanderbilt Business Commencement 2019

The healthcare executive, corporate director, and philanthropist will speak at Vanderbilt Business' Commencement on May 10, 2019. With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Kent (MBA'99) has held leadership roles with 3M, Eli Lilly, and Medtronic. Most recently, Kent served as the President and General Manager for the Infection Prevention Division of 3M. She was also named to the Best Buy Co.’s Board of Directors in October 2018. Read more.
Do You Know a Prospective MBA Candidate?

Some of our best MBA candidates are friends or associates of our alumni. We value your referrals and want to encourage them. We are awarding a prize pack to the alum who provides the most MBA student referrals as well as to the alum with the most admitted referrals. Please use this link for your referrals so we can track them. Thank you for your continued investment in Owen!

MAcc Class of 2019 Internship Reflections
Vanderbilt Business Master of Accountancy students spend 10 weeks at the beginning of each calendar year getting hands-on experience in public accounting. The internship is a very formative part of the MAcc program, so every spring we survey students about their experiences after they return to campus. We've rounded up some of the highlights from this year’s reflections. Read more.
Executive MBA Alumni Referrals

It's not too late for prospective Executive MBAs to join the class of 2021. The final EMBA Preview Day is May 4 and scholarship deadline is May 31. If you know a working professional who may be interested in pursuing a Vanderbilt MBA please submit a referral today so we can get to know them as soon as possible!

Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.
May 13-14: Learning to Thrive: The Road to Better Leadership and A Fuller Life
Taught by Jon Lehman
Learn to lead with authenticity by aligning your values with your role and becoming what many organizations describe as a "total leader." Register here.

May 20-22: Strategic Innovation
Taught by Dave Owens
A three-day program to help you create a culture that nurtures business building innovation. Register here.

June 3-5: Executive Leadership
Taught by Dick Daft
A three-day program to help you achieve your potential as a leader. Register here.

Owen in the News
April 17, 2019
VU names Associate Dean of MBA operations
Nashville Post
The Post announced the appointment of Sue Oldham (MBA'93) 
as the Associate Dean of MBA Operations at the Owen Graduate School of Management.
Whaley Named Winner of SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Every year the SECU, the academic arm of the Southeastern Conference, chooses one faculty member from each SEC institution with outstanding records in teaching, research and scholarship. Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is Vanderbilt’s winner of the 2019 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Parting Shot: Global Food Fest 2019

Students served up their favorite foods from many different cultures and countries at the annual Closing Bell event.

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