We round up some of the most-read stories and biggest news announcements from the past year at Vanderbilt Business

As we kick off a new year, we looked back at 2017 and selected some of the most popular Owen news articles from the past 12 months. From library renovations to adding new faculty, here’s what happened during the last year:


Vanderbilt MS Finance Program Receives STEM Certification

In January, the Master of Science in Finance program was designated a STEM degree program, allowing international students to prolong their training in the US after graduation by 24 months (for a total of 36 months).



Vanderbilt Executive MBA Begins Accepting Executive Assessment

Vanderbilt Business became the 11th school to begin accepting the Executive Assessment (EA) in lieu of the GMAT® exam. Qualified applicants to the Executive MBA with 8-10 years of management experience can take the 90-minute EA instead of the more intensive GMAT®.


Adena Friedman: Commencement Speaker

Adena Friedman, President and CEO of NASDAQ, Speaks at Commencement 2017

The first woman to lead a major U.S. stock exchange, Friedman (MBA ’93) spoke to the graduating class during commencement in May. Read our Q&A with Friedman here, or check out our recap of Commencement 2017.



Professor Luke Froeb Receives Appointment to Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division

Luke Froeb, holder of the William C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics. Froeb oversees economics analysis for the division of the DOJ that investigates mergers and anticompetitive conduct.



Open for Business: Walker Management Library Renovations Finished

After three months of concentrated work, the Walker Management Library unveiled a complete renovation this fall. We created a virtual tour of the new space, which includes cabana-style study booths, Bloomberg terminals, fully-equipped team rooms, gender-neutral bathrooms, and even a fireplace.



Vanderbilt Business Adds Seven New Full-Time Faculty Members

One of the largest recruiting groups in school history, the 2017 faculty hires represented a variety of seniority levels and research areas, from accounting to organization studies. Notably, Professor of Management Melissa Thomas-Hunt became the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, a full-time administrative position.


Going for Gold

Going for the (Black and) Gold: The Student-Athletes of Vanderbilt Business

Balancing school and college athletics is no mean feat, but every year, multiple Commodores take it to the next level and enroll in Owen. Current and former student-athletes from a variety of degree programs — MBA, MS Finance, MAcc, and Master of Marketing — shared their stories and career aspirations.



From the Service to School: Veterans and the MBA Transition

Many veterans turn to business school to help them transition to civilian life and find a new career. Six first- and second-year MBAs from various branches of the military shared their veteran experiences and tips for prospective students.



Vanderbilt MBA Graduates Reach New Record-Highs in Compensation

Once again, graduates from the full-time MBA program set a new record for compensation, reporting an annual base pay of $113,205, up 2.6% from last year’s record. The average starting/signing bonus was $25,232, which makes the Class of 2017 the highest compensated class in Owen history.



Master of Marketing Students Investigate the Economic Impact of Nashville Oktoberfest

This fall, Master of Marketing students worked with an event marketing firm to conduct an impact study of Nashville’s longest-running festival, which drew about 300,000 attendees this year. The team ran the study from start to finish, from authoring the survey questions to collecting responses at the festival to analyzing the results.



Coming Full Circle: Young Master of Accountancy Alum Now Helps Recruit for EY

Cam Cooper (MAcc’15) didn’t know what career he wanted until he found accounting — and now the newly promoted Senior Associate serves as a recruiting coordinator for EY. “I have a ton of pride, and I want to give as much back to Owen as I can,” he said.