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Vanderbilt Business Top Stories of 2019

Dec 19, 2019
We round up some of the most-read stories and biggest news announcements from the past year at Vanderbilt Business

By Kara Sherrer

As the year comes to a close, we look back at 2019 and select some of the most popular Owen news articles. From setting salary records to winning case competitions, here’s what happened during the last year:

MBA Class of 2019 Sets New Record for Highest Average Base Salary

Class of 2019 graduates from the MBA program reported average base salary earnings of $118,888, representing an increase of 7% over the previous year’s figure. Combined with an average signing/starting bonus of $25,642, this salary means that the class of 2019 is the highest compensated class of MBAs in Owen’s history. Check out more highlight from this year’s employment report here.

Remembering Jim Schorr and Germain Boer

This past year, the Owen community lost two beloved members: Professor Jim Schorr and Professor Germain Boer. We miss them both greatly and will remember the impact they had for years to come.

MSF Class of 2019 Sets New Record for Highest Average Base Salary

Class of 2019 graduates from the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program reported average base salary earnings of $78,343, a significant increase from last year’s figure of $71,530 and the highest average base salary in the program’s history. One hundred percent of graduates had also accepted offers within three months of graduation. Check out more highlight from this year’s employment report here.

Meeting the Classes

Earlier in the fall, we welcomed the Class of 2021 for the MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well the Class of 2020 for the Master of Accountancy, Master of Management in Health Care, Master of Marketing, and Master of Science in Finance.

MBA Case Competition Wins

This fall, three different teams of Owen MBAs took first place at various case competitions: CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 5.0, Burt’s Bees Marketing Case Competition, and the Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge. The Vanderbilt team also placed second at the National MBA Human Capital Case Competition, which is hosted annually at Owen.

Sue Oldham Appointed Associate Dean of MBA Operations

This spring, MBA’93 alum Sue Oldham was appointed Associate Dean of MBA Operations, a new role at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Oldham overseas departments across the MBA program: Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, Shared Services, Extracurricular Learning, and the Career Management Center (CMC). Read more.

Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship Awarded to Chief Development and Communications Officer of Hands On Nashville

Tara Tenorio was selected by the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management to receive the two-year scholarship, awarded each academic year and valued at over $100,000. As Chief Development and Communications Officer, Tenorio leads internal strategy and external relations for Hands On Nashville, a local nonprofit that builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through service. Read more.

Vanderbilt MBA Finance Concentration Receives STEM Certification

Effective Fall 2019, the Vanderbilt MBA finance concentration was designated as a STEM degree program. The STEM designation allows international students the eligibility to prolong their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the US by 24 months. Read more.

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