Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on March 30, 2010
This morning, Northwestern University Provost Daniel I. Linzer announced that Sally Blount, currently dean of the undergraduate college and vice dean of the Stern School of Business (Stern Undergraduate Business Profile) at New York University, would be the next dean of the Kellogg School of Management (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile). “Dean Blount brings a remarkable combination of strong academic achievement and proven administrative experience at both the business school and university levels,” Linzer said in a statement. Blount, who holds a Ph.D from Kellogg, replaces Dipak Jain, who vacated the position last June.
Blount says there are three things that compelled her to take the Kellogg position. “One was a chance to return to my intellectual home,” she says. “Another is this deep value of collaboration that Kellogg has. The third was this amazing match with the skill sets I’ve been developing throughout my career, especially as an administrator at NYU.”
In his eight years as dean, Jain focused a great deal of effort on expanding Kellogg’s global reach through both international course requirements for MBAs and new partnerships with the Guanghua School of Management in Beijing and the Schulich School of Business (Schulich Full-Time MBA Profile) at York University in Toronto. Jain also spearheaded efforts to update the curriculum and established an executive MBA program in Miami.
In Kellogg, Blount inherits a school in the middle of a $250 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new building and one that, like many, is struggling to place grads in a weakened economy. In 2008, 95% of Kellogg students had jobs by graduation. In 2009, the number fell to 76%. The school’s endowment dropped 26% to $556 million over the same period. Blount will be expected not only to be a skilled fundraiser, but also keep up relationships with employers in the hopes of turning the placement numbers around. In her time as undergraduate dean at Stern, Blount has set fund-raising records, including the first-ever $15 million gift. She has also lead Stern through a complete, donor-funded renovation of the undergraduate campus.
Before joining the management faculty at Stern in 2001, Blount taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile) in both MBA and executive education courses. Blount also has experience outside of academia, working as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.