School of Business and Wider Community Welcome Gene Anderson as New Dean
August 31, 2011
|Read article profiling Gene Anderson|
On Aug. 1, the School of Business welcomed Gene Anderson as its new dean. Since then, Dean Anderson has been meeting and working with members of the business school and University communities as well as with business leaders to continue strengthening the School's ties to the business community.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce joined the School in hosting a Leadership Breakfast to welcome Anderson to the position and to South Florida during his first week on the job. The meeting was led by Penny Shaffer, market president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and chairman of the Chamber.
She was joined by the Chamber’s president and CEO, Barry E. Johnson, and top executives from a number of local business and organizations, all of whom pledged to work with the dean and the School to continue its momentum.
“We have been looking forward to meeting Gene Anderson and to begin what I know will be a strong and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Shaffer. “The UM School of Business plays a very important role in helping the Chamber engage with the companies and individuals we represent and we are delighted to continue our work with the School under Dean Anderson’s leadership.”
|Anderson was welcomed at a reception hosted by former Interim Dean Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasas (left). The two, pictured with University President Donna Shalala, worked together to continue the School’s momentum during their transition of leadership|
Anderson brings with him a wealth of academic and administrative experience spanning more than 20 years at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His accomplishments at Ross included establishing a robust action-based learning program, under which the school partnered with more than 100 corporations, startups, and non-governmental organizations with an emphasis on projects focused on growth, innovation, sustainability, and social enterprise.
“A strong partnership with the business community is vital to the business school, enabling us to provide unique hands on-learning opportunities for our students and helping us fulfill our shared interest in building a vibrant economic environment in South Florida,” said Anderson. “The School is very fortunate to have the support of the Chamber and I look forward to our continued work together."
Connecting with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Dean Anderson has also been meeting with the School’s faculty staff, students, alumni and other members of the business school community. He welcomed graduate students at a number of meet-and-greet receptions held during the month of August.
“I think it’s great that Dean Anderson is here to personally meet with us,” said Giannina Bianchi, a second year full-time MBA student, during a reception held as MBA students returned for the fall semester.Anderson engaged students in lively discussions about their summer internships and goals for the school year at the reception, and said he is looking forward to getting to know them even better during the upcoming school year.
“It’s very important to me to meet with the students and have informal conversations with them to get to know them on a personal level,” said Anderson. “I'd like to get to know as many students as possible by name.”
|Anderson welcomed parents of new undergraduate students at a reception hosted by alumnus and Board of Overseers member Jorge Mas (BBA '84, MBA '86) and his wife, Aleyda.|
Dean Anderson also welcomed the School’s newest MBA students, undergraduate students and parents at a host of activities held during a week of MBA and undergraduate orientation activities. Those events ranged from an interactive alumni panel for MBA students to meetings with students from the Undergraduate Advisory Board and members of the President’s Council A number of other events will be held this fall to provide MBAs and undergraduates with opportunities to meet with the Dean throughout the semester.
Dean Anderson is welcoming all members of the School of Business community and others to stay connected and share ideas on his Twitter feed @UM_businessdean.