Dean's Message

DeshpandeDear Alumni and Friends,

Leadership, identity and culture, exploring the intersection of people and organizations. These topics are ones that I am considering quite a bit in my first months as the new dean of the college. How do we best develop great business leaders for the future? How do we form a strong and strategic institutional identity that values the individual identities of all who interact with the college? How do we build on our past strength and form a healthy and vibrant culture for the future?

As a college, we strive to educate our students to be the types of employees you want to work at your organizations—hard-working, dedicated individuals who will positively impact corporate cultures and respect leadership, whether they are team leaders or team members. We teach students to evaluate the culture of the company they accept an offer from—for their first positions out of college and every role that follows.

Here are just a few ways that we are preparing students for their futures in the business world.

  • Creating a faculty-student experience that models the best elements of mentorship.
  • Providing cohesive, immersive and progressive professional development experiences through programming in the Zhang Career Center and through the required Student Professional Readiness Series.
  • Teaching critical thinking, sound decision making and communication skills to all students.
  • Offering students the opportunity to consult with businesses through BroncoConnect and Bronco Force student-faculty consultancies and through project management classes.
  • Encouraging entrepreneurial opportunities through Starting Gate, the student business accelerator; the annual business pitch competition; and the curriculum.
  • Embedding topics such as sustainability and globalization throughout our courses.
  • Connecting students with speakers who bring in their expertise on critical issues in the business world.
  • Investing in our programs and providing best-in-class learning facilities where students can gain relevant experience with the tools and technologies that professionals use.
  • Developing new programs such as graduate certificate programs and master’s degrees in information security and supply chain.
  • Preparing our students to work in organizations of all scopes and sizes. Our current three-month post-graduation success rate is 94 percent—well above the national average.

We realize that our students and alumni represent the ethos of the Haworth College of Business—contemporary thinking, unparalleled work ethic in executing priorities, innovation and quality. We take our role as stewards of the educational and social development of future business leaders very seriously, always pushing ourselves to become better at what we do and how we do it.

I place a high priority on accessibility in my office. I hope you will treat me like a trusted colleague or friend and reach out with your thoughts about our college. Together, we can answer the questions of how we become even better at serving our students and where we want to go as an institution.

Sincerely,

Dr. Satish P. Deshpande
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Dean, Haworth College of Business

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