New Alumni Board Chair, EMBA nonprofit scholarship, and more
New Alumni Board Chair, EMBA nonprofit scholarship, and more
Note from the Dean
Spring is in full bloom and the excitement on campus is building as we look forward to an in-person commencement. Earlier this month, we celebrated the beginning of our construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony. I was honored to stand alongside the Chancellor to thank the Owen Century Partners and acknowledge the team of people working to push our project forward.
This spring we also gained ground in the ranking season with Top 25 rankings by 3 different organizations, including 23rd in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Rankings. Read more about our success in the rankings roundup. It is a privilege to lead the Owen School as we continue to grow from the humble beginnings in a former mortuary 50 years ago to a top 25 business school with a robust portfolio of business education programs.

Welcome New Alumni Board Chair Matt Peterson (MBA'94)
"What we all receive at Owen is more than a world-class education, it is a lifetime commitment to relationships that will continue long after we are gone. I am grateful to share this with you and I look forward to using our momentum to reignite connections with our Owen family worldwide," writes the new alumni board chair. Read his full letter here.
Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship Awarded to President & CEO of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Claudia Caballero was selected by the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management to receive the 2-year scholarship, awarded each academic year and valued at over $100,000. She is the CEO of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee (Centro Hispano), an organization that empowers Knoxville’s fast-growing Latino community through workforce development, youth and family engagement, community-strengthening initiatives, and small business empowerment. Read more.
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Retirement of Professor Bart Victor
With deep gratitude and some bittersweet sadness, we share the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Bart Victor, former Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership. Bart has served with great conviction as the founding Faculty Director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) since its founding in 2015, and since its origins in the Project Pyramid interdisciplinary international consulting course beginning in 2007, which he has taught for the past 16 years. Read the TFC's tribute to Bart’s leadership and legacy — as well as a call for alumni to share memories — here.
Thank You For a Successful Giving Day!
More than 700 members of the Owen community came together on Vanderbilt’s Annual Giving Day on April 7 to donate more than $246,500 to help advance Owen’s mission of providing a world-class business education on a personal scale. Donors supported things like scholarships, the Management Hall addition and renovation, and the Owen Annual Fund which has an immediate impact on the areas of greatest need at Owen.

The totals included 2 challenge gifts that were unlocked throughout the day. Professor Bill Christie matched the first $10,000 of gifts to Owen and the Owen Alumni Board matched the next $91,000. Thank you to our generous match donors for giving others the opportunity to multiply the impact of their donation.

The Class of 2021 also shined during Giving Day. The participating programs — the EMBA, MBA, MAcc, MSF, and MMHC Classes of 2021 — had over 250 donors and raised more than $7,500. We are so grateful and proud of the impact the Class of 2021 has made.

Thanks to the generosity of the entire Owen Community for making this the best Giving Day in the history of Owen! We asked you to support the students, faculty, and future of Owen, and the Owen Community answered the call. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Owen Forward on Demand
Owen Forward offers a portfolio of virtual, in person, and on demand engagement opportunities to inspire inquiry, close-knit collaboration and discovery among the entire Owen and Vanderbilt community. Last month, we were excited to host Wendy Cromwell (MBA’95), Vice Chair; Senior Managing Director; Partner; Director, Sustainable Investment for Wellington Management, for an Owen Forward Alumni Fireside Speaker Series on sustainable investments. Check out the entire Owen Forward on Demand playlist here.
Save the date for Reunion, October 22-23!
We are looking forward to a combined Reunion celebration this year with Reunion 2020 (classes ending in 0’s and 5’s) and 2021 (classes ended in 1’s and 6’s) Owen alumni. We will announce the format (in-person vs. virtual) for Reunion once we have more clarity regarding the progress of the pandemic. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the Owen Reunion website and make a gift in honor of your Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering for Reunion, please email MaryKate “MK” Rosack, senior director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at or, Ali Farr, assistant director of annual giving, at
Women Making Owen History

In March, Women’s History Month offered us the opportunity to look back and applaud the accomplishments of alumna from the 70s to the 90s. Each week in March, we highlighted one history-making alumnus. In his latest blog post, Dean Johnson looks back at the women we celebrated.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our Live Online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the beginning of the year have been cancelled due to the current health crisis. However, we are hosting the following Live Online program in the coming months:
For those looking to take multiple courses on their own timeline, we also offer an Online Business Management Certificate for the working professional looking to sharpen strategic business skills. The next cohort begins July 1, so sign up soon!
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
April 2, 2021
Companies, facing new expectations, struggle with pressure to take stand on Georgia voting bill
Washington Post
Professor Bruce Barry is quoted about companies' relatively recent forays into taking public poltical stances.
April 13, 2021
Crumpled clothes and bare shelves: As retailers like Walmart, Macy’s woo customers back, some have to clean up shop
Kelly Haws is quoted about how stores' cleanliness and organization signals safety to consumers in a new pandemic shopping environment.

Parting Shot: Cosmopolitan Week

Last month, a full week of programming introduced students to the the many different cultures and experiences of their classmates. Students handed out international snacks (below), gave presentations on cultural holidays, and more.

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