Year-End Awards Handed Out

Faculty Headshots

Several faculty members were honored with teaching awards for the 2010-2011 academic year at Goizueta Business School.

Each year numerous awards are bestowed on faculty members at Goizueta Business School with emphasis on their roles in the classroom. For the 2010-2011 academic year, professors from multiple academic areas and programs were honored.

In February, Reshma Shah (pictured top row, fourth from right) and  Bill Tayler (top row, left) received Crystal Apple Awards from the Emory Residence Hall Association. Described as “the single most important accolade presented to faculty by students for their exceptional teaching ability,” the Crystal Apples are determined by a panel from student nominations.

This spring, Jeff Rosensweig (top row, second from left) received the Emory Williams Teaching Award — the oldest teaching award at the university. Nominations are made by a committee, reviewed by the Dean’s Office and submitted to the Provost for approval.  Rosensweig is also director of the global perspectives program at Goizueta.

Also in the spring, Rick Gilkey (top row, middle) was honored as the recipient of the 2011 Marc F. Adler Teaching Prize. The award “honors a faculty member’s ability to combine outstanding teaching with innovation in the classroom and relevance to real-world problem solving.

In a letter to the Goizueta community, Dean Larry Benveniste also recognized award winners selected by students of each business school program:

  • BBA Distinguished Educator: Manish Tripathi (second row, left)
  • MBA Teaching Excellence/Classic Faculty: Ray Hill (top row, right)
  • MBA Teaching Excellence /Junior Faculty: Ryan Hamilton (second row, right)
  • EvMBA Distinguished Core Educator: Rich Makadok (bottom row, second from left)
  • EvMBA Distinguished Elective Educator: Charlie Goetz (bottom row, middle)
  • MEMBA Distinguished Educator: Shehzad Mian (bottom row, left)
  • WEMBA Distinguished Educator: Rob Kazanjian (bottom row, fourth from left)
  • WEMBA Distinguished Educator: Jeff Rosensweig

Finally, Beneveniste recognized two members of the school for service. The 2011 Keough Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the school were awarded to Barbara Wonnenberg and Roy Black (bottom row, right).  Named for former Coca-Cola President and COO, Donald R. Keough, the award is the school’s highest service honor designed to “recognize extraordinary contributions by faculty and staff.”

Goizueta in the News: April 7, 2011

Notable comments from Goizueta staff, faculty and students will be shared each week along with news on alumni, programs and rankings. Click here to review previous media updates. You can also inform Goizueta Newsroom of media postings (email).

Schecky’s: Unique Luxury Handbags with Mel Boteri
Mel Boteri [Goizueta Alum]is a start-up by Melanie Mueller in Atlanta that takes luxury handbags to a whole new level. Mel Boteri started in 2008 as a product of an entrepreneurship focus in Melanie’s MBA program at Goizueta Business School.”

American Banker: An Old Problem Is Back, and Reform May Have Missed It
“Concern about stock and bottom-line performance seems on the rise again, with CEOs preoccupied with the idea of returning capital to shareholders and replacing fee income…” [This article is by subscription only and features Dr. Shiva Rajgopal]

Goizueta Newsroom: Wells Discusses Culture, Strategy
“Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks Inc. spoke at Goizueta March 31, detailing key aspects of his career ascension, the state of the banking industry and opportunities for the future. The CEO was joined by Vice Dean for Programs Rob Kazanjian, who led a discussion on current issues and strategy.”

Goizueta Newsroom: Goizueta Collects Donations for Disaster Relief
“Japanese students at Goizueta hosted a fundraiser for earthquake relief March 31.  A donation page has also been set up with a stated goal of $10,000.”

Emory Report: James Freeman — Goizueta’s go-to person for smooth operations
“For more than 17 years, [James] Freeman has worked behind the scenes to keep the business school moving. He places schedules outside each conference room listing the days’ events, sets up rooms for speakers or professors and takes requests on facilities from anyone who may stop him in the halls.”

WABE: Jobless Rate Down, Manufacturing Index Up
“The nationwide jobless rate fell to 8.8 percent in March, according to data released Friday by the federal government. Meanwhile, in Georgia, a gauge of the state’s manufacturing sector, also out Friday, shows continued strength. But if you ask Emory University finance professor Tom Smith if that means Georgia is close to an economic recovery, the answer is “Not yet.”

Appen Newspapers: Chambers named senior project manager at advertising firm
“Kilgannon announced that it has promoted Karla-Gaye Chambers [Goizueta alum], daughter of Johns Creek residents Karl and Marcia Chambers, to senior project manager. In her new role, Chambers will oversee the agency workflow process to ensure client campaigns are completed as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.”

Gwinnett Daily Post: Georgia Power names new region manager
“Louise Scott [Goizueta alum] has been named manager of Georgia Power’s Metro North region, which encompasses Gwinnett, Forsyth and North Fulton counties. Scott replaces David Seago, who retired Dec. 31. Scott most recently served as director of Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center, where she was responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of customer service, billing and operations for the 500 employees at the center.”

BusinessWeek: Making the Most of Rankings
“Experts agree rankings can be used to narrow down schools but [Patrick] Noonan notes that, first, prospective students should understand what the ranking in question measures.” [Drs. Doug Bowman and Ryan Hamilton were also featured in this article]

Find MBA: One-Year or Two-Year MBA Program?
“Students should consider their motivations for getting an MBA when deciding on the duration of the program. In the case of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, incoming students have the choice between two-year or a one-year MBA.

Wells Discusses Culture, Strategy

Jim Wells (left), Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks Inc. spoke at Giozueta recently about how culture can drive success in banking. PHOTO: Tony Brenner


Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks Inc. spoke at Goizueta March 31, detailing key aspects of his career ascension, the state of the banking industry and opportunities for the future.

The CEO was joined by Vice Dean for Programs Rob Kazanjian, who led a discussion on current issues and strategy.

“This is my seventh recession, so I have some perspective,” said a matter-of-fact Wells when asked about the state of the economy and financial reforms.


Wells began his banking career in Richmond, Va., as a management trainee with United Virginia Bankshares. United Virginia later became Crestar Bank, where Wells last served as President. Crestar is now part of SunTrust Mid-Atlantic. He was named to his current position in 2008, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust since January 2007.

He said the global scope and political influence in the most recent recession is a key difference than those of previous decades but government involvement was necessary to prevent disaster.

“Had they not done something I think the abyss would have been there for all of us,” said Wells, who also commented on SunTrust’s recent buy back of stock under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

“It’s a critical thing for society to have banks… Basic banking will always be there,” he said. “There can’t be no banking. You have to have it. There’s no way for commerce to work unless there’s a system of banks.”

An English major at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later a student at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, Wells also detailed his career path through most every job a bank has to offer — from real estate to capital markets.

“Banks are wonderful places to work because there’s something for everybody to do,” he said.  ”It’s a very interesting place to work because there are a lot of opportunities and I’ve had a lot of them.”

In offering advice to students in attendance, the long-time executive said one should “take responsibility” for his/her skill set, not balk when asked to take on a risky assignment and “embrace and cause change to happen.”

“The reality is this business is different every morning and you have to really want change,” he said.

Wells also talked about culture at SunTrust — a company of more than 28,000 employees or “teammates.” More than 14,000 of them, according to Wells, responded to surveys the last time the company looked for brand messaging. The tag, “help people and institutions prosper” was an agency and employee favorite.

“We were blessed with the opportunity to establish something that worked with our firm and we didn’t have to change our culture,” he said. “That’s who we are.”

SunTrust CEO Wells to Speak at Goizueta

On March 31, Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc. will join Goizueta’s Rob Kazanjian for a look at “How Strategy and Culture Drive Performance in Banking.”

The event is free and open to the Emory community and public with RSVP. All audiences are encouraged to attend at Goizueta’s Boynton Auditorium (Room 130) at 5:30 p.m. ET.

“At Goizueta Business School, we place great value on real-world experience,” Dean Larry Benveniste said. “That’s why I’m pleased to bring some of the best corporate officers into our building each semester to address students as Dean’s Speakers. In 2010 we welcomed Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum, who spoke of company-wide metamorphosis, and Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who led the military relief effort in post-earthquake Haiti last January. Each shared an experience of managing through change that’s invaluable to students entering the business world.

“In the coming months Goizueta will welcome thought-provoking leaders known for their management style and accomplishments.”

Earlier this year Burger King Chairman John Chidsey spoke on Emory’s campus. Previous Dean’s Speakers from 2011 include, Herb Allen, President and CEO of Allen and Co., and Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC.

Wells was named to his current position in 2008, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., since January 2007.

He began his banking career in Richmond, Va., as a management trainee with United Virginia Bankshares. United Virginia later became Crestar Bank, where Wells last served as President. Crestar is now part of SunTrust Mid-Atlantic.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wells also attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He is active in community not-for- profit and educational institution boards and currently serves as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Operation HOPE National Board.

U.S. News and World Report Ranks Programs

U.S. News & World Report released rankings of graduate business programs Tuesday. FILE PHOTO

U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of graduate business schools today which included MBA programs at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

The Full-Time MBA Program placed 23rd in the national rankings, rising from 27th in the previous list released by U.S. News & World Report. The part-time, Evening MBA Program and Executive MBA Program also maintained excellence, ranking 11th and 13th in the nation respectively.


Data from the Full-Time MBA Class of 2010 was used for the ranking, which relies on a variety of metrics including GMAT scores, recruiter surveys, salary/bonus data and job and internship acceptance rate three months post graduation.

Surveys are also sent to deans and directors at other business schools, who are asked to rate academic quality at other accredited programs. In comparison, surveys of part-time and executive programs are based solely on peer assessment provided by other schools.

“We are extremely honored to have continued recognition in program rankings, including those published by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Rob Kazanjian, Vice Dean for Programs. “Rankings such as these provide a snapshot of our school and confirm curriculum changes made four years ago are paying dividends in graduate success and adding value for recruiters visiting campus. That said, we will continue to strive for even greater excellence for our school, students and alums.”

The full-time program earned high marks in recruiter satisfaction (11th overall) and employment three months after graduation (12th overall).

“We’re pleased our recruiters recognize the abilities of our students and the services we provide,” said Wendy Tsung, Associate Dean of the MBA Career Management Center at Goizueta. “Students say what they’re learning gives them an edge in the marketplace. We’re also excited about prospects for the future with more students returning from internships with full-time offers.”

Graduates showed success in the job market despite continued turbulence in the economy. Three months post graduation, 87 percent of the Full-Time MBA Class of 2010 was employed and, as of Sept. 30, 2010, 95 percent of students in the Class of 2010 had full-time offers. One-hundred percent of students in the Class of 2011 received summer internships.

Goizueta’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2010 was the first to complete a curriculum designed with many pioneering benefits for students. The innovative course design was built from recruiter feedback as to changing dynamics in the business world and the need for students to understand increasingly complex and undefined problems. Students complete core classes in the first semester allowing more time for electives and real-world application.

“The latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report shows the results of the entire Goizueta community’s continued efforts to support the success of our student,” said Brian Mitchell, Associate Dean of the Full-Time MBA Program. “We are pleased to be included in this ranking, which recognizes our goals of preparing students to face challenging business situations while maintaining an intimate learning environment.”

The U.S. News & World Report ranking adds to Goizueta’s history of national and international recognition for its Full-Time MBA Program, which has previously ranked 22nd in the nation (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2010), 21st in the nation (The Economist, 2010), 36th internationally (The Economist, 2010), 16th in the nation (Financial Times, 2011) and 38th in the world (Financial Times, 2011).

The Evening MBA Program currently ranks No. 11 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2009). The Executive MBA Program ranks No. 12 in the world by Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2009) and 22nd in the world by Financial Times (2008).

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