As we honor the Class of 2020, watch the Owen celebration video, enjoy a collection of photos
commemorating the Owen experience, and congratulate our award winners!

We look forward to continuing the celebration in-person in May 2021!

Owen Marshals

Jeremy Eskind Lehman
MBA 2020
Supply Chain Consultant, KPMG
“I’m so lucky to have spent the last two years learning with/from such a talented group of peers. I am thankful to be coming away from Owen with such a strong network, and I look forward to hearing about your successes for years to come.”

Scott Alexander Luvin

Scott Alexander Luvin
MBA 2020
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
"Congrats to all my fellow classmates! Vanderbilt provided you with the skills, but it is up to you to live out your passion. As we go forward, don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Live out the legacy you want to leave. Always remember the amazing friends you have made and the community you built at Vanderbilt. They will be here to support you, just as you should support them."


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Founder's Medalist

University Interim Chancellor Susan Wente awarded Joshua Andrew Bruner the Founder’s Medal for the Owen School. This award, originally endowed by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1877, is given to the MBA graduate who achieves the strongest record in personal, professional, and academic performance. Josh, recipient of the Bruce D. Henderson and Hans R. Stoll Scholarships, was president of the Owen Finance Club, and he describes mentoring and coaching undergraduate students through their career searches as one of his most meaningful Owen experiences. After graduating, Josh and his family will move to Richmond, Virginia, where Josh will join Harris Williams as an investment banking associate.

Awards & Recognition for Faculty

Brian T. McCann, David K. Wilson Professor of Management, was awarded the James A. Webb Excellence in Teaching Award and the Executive MBA Faculty Teaching award.

Finalists for Webb Faculty Teaching Award are:

Kelly Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Marketing
Mumin Kurtulus
, Associate Professor of Operations Management
Benjamin Munyan, Assistant Professor of Finance
Ranga Ramanujam, Richard M. and Betty Ruth Miller Professor of Management; Professor of Health Policy

Finalists for the Executive MBA Faculty Teaching award are:

Dawn Iacobucci, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Management in Marketing
Mumin Kurtulus, Associate Professor of Operations Management

The recipients of the Dean’s Faculty Awards

  • Yasin Alan, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, received the Dean’s Award for Research Productivity, which recognizes individuals for significant scholarly productivity.
  • Bart Victor, Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership and Faculty Advisor, Turner Family Center, received the Dean’s Award for Research Impact, which recognizes individuals for a significant impact in a discipline or field arising from a body of scholarly research.
  • Kelly Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Marketing, received the Dean’s Award for Teaching, which recognizes individuals for significant contributions to teaching and learning.

Special Service Award

This year, we are recognizing one faculty member and several staff members with a one-time gOwenRemote Special Award for Service to Teaching, for their work in supporting the transition to remote delivery. We are pleased to recognize:

  • Emily Anderson, Senior Director, Career Management Center
  • Kathryn-Claire Barlas, Faculty Support
  • Jesse Blocher, Assistant Professor of Finance
  • Scott Elam, Program Coordinator, Financial Markets Research Center
  • Blake Gore, Senior Associate Director, Career Management Center
  • Morgan Leeson, Program Coordinator, Student Programs Office

Other Awards & Recognition

The Dean's Award for Academic Excellence is awarded annually to a graduating student from each of our degree programs. These students have achieved the strongest record in personal, professional, and academic performance in meeting requirements of the degree. The recipients are:

  • William Vincent Szymczak, who received the Matt Wigginton Leadership Award, awarded for outstanding performance in finance.
  • Brittany Hunter, who received the H. Igor Ansoff Award, which recognizes original and creative contributions to the school.
  • Katherine Mary Smigelski, who received the Flournoy A. Coles Jr. Prize in recognition of international studies.
  • Brian Kim Baird, who received the Financial Executives Institute Award for outstanding academic performance in both accounting and finance.
  • Hayden Margaret Mahaney, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Master of Accountancy program.
  • Michael Joseph Graehler, Jr., who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Master of Science in Finance program.
  • Sienna Aboud, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Master of Marketing program.
  • Elizabeth Conn Harr, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the MBA program.
  • Nikila Ravi, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Executive MBA program.
  • Olamide Zaka, who received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Master of Management in Health Care (Fall 2019) program.
  • Stanislava Vazna, who received the Martin S. Geisel Award for Leadership in the Executive MBA program.

Twenty-one graduating students received the Owen Service Award for outstanding effort and energy in leadership, community involvement, and student life. They are:

Daisuke AkimotoShanah Leigh GaskillEleanor Grace McBrier
Kathryn BennettMallory RuthAnn HallEmily Jane Murray
Gus Gordon BrandBrenna Rachel HoffmanJulie O'Mara
Julia Dickinson BridgforthNeel Ajit JoshiJonathan Christian Schaefer
Benjamin BurkeenKeara Brett KellyKatherine Mary Smigelski
Kookchul ChaCali Piper LivingstoneRyan Christopher Smith
Rabo GarbaLaura Michelle MaguireCarolyn Elyse Williams


Each year, Owen recognizes Honors students who have placed in the top 20% of their graduating class. Congratulations to this year’s recipients on their academic achievements!

Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) Class of 2019

Margaret Lucillie BurksGeoffrey Michael FlemingSarah Louise RohdeOlamide Zaka
Jeremy R. CrawfordGina Marie ReppucciSamuel Holt Rossmann

Class of 2020

Sienna AboudAndrew John DonaldJoshua LeightonEmily Alexandra Richtsmeier
Alex Herbert AngelilloMichael Steven FeliuScott Alexander LuvinTravis John Rieder
Katherine Goudge AnkumahJackson Kirkland GareyLaura Michelle MaguireMichelle Lynn Sauer
Allison J. AshfordMichael Joseph Graehler Jr.Hayden Margaret MahaneyQuinn Xavier Shue
Brian Kim BairdRodrigo GuerreroRicardo MarinKatherine Mary Smigelski
Bridget Marie BechtelTyler HagenbachEleanor Grace McBrierRyan Christopher Smith
Coleman Chase BelkMallory RuthAnn HallScott Thomas McMahanMark Smyslov
Alyse BicknellElizabeth Conn HarrXiangxi MengJacob Matthew Snow
Alexander Paul BooneMason Storm HartsellAndrew Thomas MillerCaleb Prentice Stabler
Jacqueline Roesch BradleyEvan HattanMiles Terence MillsMorgan Elizabeth Stacks
Gus Gordon BrandKatherine Lee HeadRichard MontgomerySeth Edward Staugler
Julia Dickinson BridgforthMatthew Joseph HoodMatthew Thomas MorganWilliam Vincent Szymczak
Joshua Andrew BrunerMitchell Brent IceTatum Grace NixGabriella Tulchinsky
Michael Gennaro CastagnaSiyuan JiangCourtney Ryan O'DonnellStanislava Vazna
Rohini ChakravarthyNeel Ajit JoshiZachary John OrbeckJoshua Charles Vertolli
Mackenzie Anne CraigNatasha KarimzadehRyan Christopher PaxtonJoseph Houston Walker
Nathan Barney CreelRupneen KaurNgoc Mai PhamMitchell Whitus
Nicholas Byron DasonKeara Brett KellySundeep PodilaLucian Connolly Wiest
Seth DeanAaron Alan LavianaThomas James Radler
Jennifer Elizabeth DollJeremy Eskind LehmanNikila Ravi

Vanderbilt Commencement Recap

Neil Ramsey (MBA’83), delivers remarks to Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management’s Class of 2020. Click here to watch the commencement ceremony, view the transcript of the commencement address and enjoy a collection of photos.