Vanderbilt Business Magazine | Summer 2019

From the Dean

Featured Stories

Deep Roots

Even as the Owen community celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary, the namesake family whose commitment provided foundational support for the original School of Management continues to make an impact. A recently realized $1.75 million bequest from the estate of Mary Jane Swaney, BA’66, MA’69, and Charles Robb Swaney—nephew of the school’s benefactors, Lulu and Ralph […]

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2008 and Forward: Making World-Class Personal

In 1969, the Vanderbilt Graduate School of Management burst onto the scene as a purposeful anomaly — a program that not merely dared to be different but celebrated the differences. Over the following three decades, Owen re-modeled itself along more traditional lines, building a school on top of the original foundation that achieved both success […]

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1999-2008: New Leaders, Renewed Innovation

Owen was humming at the beginning of its fourth decade. In 2000, the MBA program welcomed its largest class: 232 students. The faculty numbered almost 70; it now seemed quaint to recall that, in 1969, there had been twice as many professors (12) as students. Financially, the school was more secure than ever. An indefatigable […]

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1989-1998: Maturation – and Validation

Owen’s third decade was the first that began with the school in strong position on a broad range of fronts.  A decade earlier, Dean Sam Richmond could boast that Owen had come of age. Now, it had done more than merely “arrive”; it had demonstrated staying power. Receiving accreditation was no longer a brag point […]

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1979-1988: Steady State, and Then Some

In Dean Sam Richmond’s office at Henry Clay Alexander Hall was an old-fashioned blackboard. On the blackboard, written in white chalk, was a list of 16 strategic objectives that Richmond identified after arriving in 1976. The list remained there for as long as the Owen School was housed in the building. Instead of erasing each […]

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1969-1978: Rocking the Boat & Righting the Ship

Fifty years ago, Vanderbilt launched its graduate business program with an ambitious, and perhaps unprecedented, goal in mind: To build a world-class management school that would defy hidebound academic tradition. What began as a rock-the-boat experiment, however, ended a decade later with a determined pivot to a more conventional course, narrowly averting the school’s demise. […]

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