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Business Community Welcomes New Dean

August 05, 2011
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Penny Shaffer

The Leadership Breakfast was led by Chamber Chairman Penny Shaffer, pictured here opening the January 2011 Global Business Forum, which was organized by the School of Business

South Florida business leaders are already working with the new dean of the School of Business to continue strengthening its ties across the region’s business community.

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce joined the School in hosting a Leadership Breakfast to welcome Eugene W. 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 joined the School on Aug. 1, bringing 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.”
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