COVID-19 preparations, US News & World Report ranking, and more
COVID-19 preparations, US News & World Report ranking, and more
Note from the Dean
It is hard to comprehend the change and tragedy of the past three weeks. For the Middle Tennessee community, the nightmare began three weeks ago with a devastating tornado. I am so very thankful to say that our students, staff, and faculty, although shaken, remained safe. However, Nashville alumni suffered losses of homes and businesses, significant power outages, and disruption to daily life. I am grateful for the many people throughout community who pitched in to help.

Then, as we returned from spring break, the coronavirus appeared in the Vanderbilt community and quickly escalated into a pandemic, impacting every aspect of daily life. With Vanderbilt, the Owen School quickly shifted classes online. The change required rapid technology investment and faculty training. The Owen staff and faculty worked tirelessly to enable remote delivery of our world-class education experience. I am proud of our faculty, staff, and students, who quickly adapted to this new learning approach with patience and good humor.

In the middle of the crisis, we received some welcome good news last week: our MBA program leaped to #23 in US News annual ranking. This comes on the heels of Top-25 domestic rankings in The Financial Times and The Economist. What a year! More to follow on that in our spring ranking roundup.

As we press on this spring, our top priorities are ensuring that our students graduate on time and supporting our community through this tough period. This week, Vanderbilt committed $1 million in university funds to create a new Student Hardship Fund. I am grateful for alumni support that will increase our ability to support all students with unanticipated financial needs created by this unprecedented crisis. You can find more information about Owen’s response to the crisis on our website and the university's response to the coronavirus at the Vanderbilt COVID-19 website.

I hope all of our alumni community is safe and well during these trying times. Our alumni career management team provides tools to help those in our community face transitions. As I tell our students every week, take care of yourselves. Get outside, stretch, and take care of your health. And most importantly, check in on one another. The Owen community functions at its best when we stay connected. Call a friend you haven’t heard from and make sure they are doing okay. Reaching out can have a far larger impact than you would ever imagine.

Thank you for your enduring support of the Owen School and the Owen community. Together, we are fighting for the future: the future of our students, the future of the Owen School and Vanderbilt, and the future of our communities. We are all in this together.


The Nashville, Atlanta, and New York Closing Bells will be rescheduled;

new dates are forthcoming.

November 6-7 | Reunion Weekend | Nashville

View more upcoming alumni events

Remembering Hans Stoll

Hans Stoll, the Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, died March 20. He was 80. A pioneer in the world of academic finance, Stoll was the first to define and test the put-call parity relationship for option prices and to identify the “triple witching hour.” Read more.
Remembering Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.

Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. passed away on March 18, 2020, at the age of 91. The Currey family has given generously to Owen throughout the years; gifts include several faculty chairs, faculty fellowships, and contributions to the J. Dewey Daane Fund. Brownlee Currey is pictured left with Dean Johnson and Claire Tucker (CEO, CapStar Bank) winning the 2016 Bull & Bear Award at Owen’s Matt Wigginton Economic Conference. Read more.

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Vanderbilt Full-Time MBA Ranks No. 23 in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings 2021

Earlier this month, the Full-Time MBA program at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management ranked 23rd in US News and World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Rankings. The ranking measures MBA programs on several factors, including average starting salary and bonus, graduates employed at graduation and three months after graduation, average GMAT score, and undergraduate GPA. Read more.

MBA Program Makes Adjustments to its 3rd App Round and Announces New Round 4 Deadline

Recognizing the extraordinary challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to prospective business school students, we have made adjustments to our current application round and introduced a new Round 4 deadline date. We are maintaining our original application Round 3 due date of April 6 and also considering candidates on a rolling basis through the June 1 deadline. App fees will be waived for both remaining rounds. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the end of April have been cancelled due to the current health crisis, but we are offering the following online programs (click for more information):
  o  Strategy Visualization
  o  Strategic Leadership
  o  Strategy & Operations
  o  Finance & Accounting
  o  Strategic Innovation

Owen in the News
March 8, 2020
Are women or men more likely to lie when it comes to negotiations? It's complicated.
Business Insider
Research co-authored by Professor Jessica Kennedy is mentioned; the study found that men are more likely to lie during business negotiations than their female colleagues.
March 11, 2020
Coronavirus rationing: Target, Walmart limit purchases of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, toilet paper
USA Today
Professor Kelly Goldsmith is quoted in this article that investigates why consumers are stockpiling products and what effects this panic buying might have.

Parting Shot: COVID-19 Preparations

Staff and faculty worked diligently to move classes online before campus completely shut down: Dean Johnson shopped for high quality remote teaching gear (left) while Professor Brian McCann ran a Zoom group test run (right).

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