Letter from the Dean
The fall semester is always a time of beginnings on a college campus, and that holds true for me as I eagerly begin my role as Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. I welcome this opportunity to connect with the incredible network of Business Badgers and share with you the many things happening at this School we all know to be special.
There is something unique about Badgers. Your passion and love for your alma mater are tangible and unlike anything I’ve witnessed at other institutions. I’m new to it, but I feel it, and I have every intention of tapping into it as we move WSB into the future.
What most attracted me to Wisconsin was the commitment to excellence across the board—teaching, research, the student environment, and the engagement with campus and the community. All of that is exemplified in this issue of Update magazine.
Our faculty personifies excellence, and I hope you enjoy reading how Professor Jordan Tong makes an impact with cutting-edge teaching and research in operations and information management systems. He’s not just providing answers for students, but teaching them how to approach the kinds of problems they’ll face once they leave the classroom.
WSB students soon will be even better prepared for their careers because of the resources that will be available to them in the new Learning Commons, which is also featured in this issue. This new hub of Grainger Hall will replace the Business Library with a donor-funded, state-of-the-art space that will open this spring.
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Naming Gift, we’re reminded that Business Badgers have a history of innovatively leading the way. That legacy of giving endures at WSB and beyond as UW–Madison’s All Ways Forward campaign charts a path to continue the university’s impact for generations to come.
Our alumni have become known for innovation because they understand and are able to anticipate the changing needs of the business world. It’s with your help we can create a portfolio of programs that are relevant and responsive to industry, positioning the WSB as a significant player in business education.
I look forward to working with many of you in the months ahead. WSB is truly a special place, with a special bond so many of you have shared for a long time. I’m so proud to now be part of it, too.
—Anne P. Massey
Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business