Posted by: Alison Damast on October 27, 2009
Here’s some good news for students planning on signing up for the Jack Welch Management Institute, a new online MBA program: Jack is back. The former General Electric CEO’s plans to open his school this fall were delayed after he obtained discitis, a rare but curable infection of the spine After being hospitalized for nearly 14 weeks at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, Welch finally was released in early October. Since then, he’s been busy firming up coursework and curriculum for his online MBA program, according to a press release issued by the Jack Welch Management Institute today.
The school, which is affiliated with Chancellor University in Cleveland, will open its door to students on Jan. 4, 2010. Classes will be offered both online and at Chancellor’s Cleveland campus.
“I’m thrilled about the launch of the program in January; everything has really come together,” Welch said today. “A terrific team of highly respected academics and experienced practitioners has contributed to courses that do exactly what we envisioned – offer an MBA that is relevant, powerful, and unique, filled with real-world utility and infused with a management philosophy I deeply believe in.”
Welch also had some other news to report, naming Steve Kerr as executive director of the Management Institute. Kerr, who led GE’s Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, N.Y., and the executive education program at Goldman Sachs, will work closely with Welch and the school’s faculty on the vision for the school and the academic program.
Kerr says he is looking forward to his new role and creating an experience that will be unique for students.
“Classes will be small, students and faculty will get input from Jack, and the curriculum will be current and relevant to today’s news,” he says. “I think the Jack Welch MBA will be unlike any other business degree in the marketplace.”
The school’s curriculum will place a heavy emphasis on leadership, people management and strategy and finance. It will also be heavily infused with business know-how from Jack Welch, who will present students with weekly online video updates on breaking business news and topics.
Readers, are you planning on signing up for classes at the Jack Welch Management Institute? Do you think the school will be a success?