It is my pleasure to give you an update on the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council's activities. Comprised of key alumni from each of UNC Kenan-Flagler's degree programs, the mission of the Alumni Council is twofold:
- Advise the Dean on key issues affecting UNC Kenan-Flagler
- Serve as ambassadors for UNC Kenan-Flagler, both internally and externally, by aiding in development, student recruitment, the educational experience, and job placement.
At our recent meeting in November 2010, we focused our attention on two important and topical issues – the new UNC Kenan-Flagler development strategy and the recently announced MBA@UNC program.
Earlier this year, Brad Shafer joined UNC Kenan-Flagler as the Associate Dean for Advancement, filling a critical leadership position. Since arriving in Chapel Hill, Brad has been off to a running start and completed the build-out of the development team. With declining revenues from the state, coupled with reductions in corporate and personal donations, there has perhaps never been a more critical need for aggressive development efforts. The Alumni Council worked with Brad and key members of his team to review funding alternatives for the Dean's key priorities, including Leadership, Global Reputation, Human Capital, Technology & Infrastructure and Academic Programs.
MBA@UNC was formally announced in November, continuing UNC Kenan-Flagler's long history of innovation in business education. MBA@UNC is designed to attract working professionals from anywhere in the world who will earn their graduate business degrees in a largely, although not exclusively, online environment. Jim Dean, Susan Cates and Professor Doug Shackelford presented the program to the Alumni Council in detail and answered numerous questions about its design and implementation. In a fast changing world, the need to innovate has never been more important. This program has the potential to both expand UNC Kenan-Flagler's global reach, as well as enhance our existing MBA programs (Full-time, Evening, Weekend, OneMBA®) through exciting technological innovations. I can say with confidence that the Alumni Council is fully supportive of the program and ready to assist in any way possible with its successful implementation.
As always, I would like to personally thank all 24 members of the Alumni Council, as well as the Dean and his staff, for all of their hard work and dedication to our school. I am honored to work with such a talented group of people as Chairman of the Alumni Council and look forward to a productive 2011.
Jeff Tucker (MBA 2000)
Alumni Council Chairman 2010-2011