Owen News Briefs

From the Winter 2013 edition of Vanderbilt Business

Administratively Speaking

Dean Eric Johnson announced several appointments and reappointments recently. Salvatore T. March, the David K. Wilson Professor of Management, has been named associate dean for faculty. Nancy Lea Hyer, associate professor of operations management, and Karl Hackenbrack, associate professor of management and faculty director, MAcc Programs, continue in their roles as associate deans. As associate dean for faculty, March focuses on faculty development and recruitment. Hyer will continue as associate dean for Vanderbilt MBA programs. Associate Dean Hackenbrack continues his work with the Master of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy Valuation programs, as well as evaluation initiatives such as Owen’s AACSB maintenance accreditation. Read McNamara is now managing director of the Career Management Center and corporate affairs. While continuing to oversee CMC efforts, McNamara will concentrate on corporate engagement to enhance Owen’s reputation, build relationships that support all of Owen’s corporate interactions and develop new placement opportunities. Additionally, Emily Anderson has been named director of operations and coaching for the CMC. Most recently senior associate director and director of internal operations, Anderson adds responsibility for the MBA/MSF coaches to her oversight of recruiting operations.

Making the top 10

The Princeton Review is out with its annual Best B-Schools Guide, complete with Top 10 lists that help students find the right fit. Vanderbilt’s Owen School appeared in three Top 10 categories: Best Administered (No. 4), Best Professors (No. 6) and Best Campus Environment (No. 8). Princeton Review also offers a list of other schools applicants considered before deciding that Vanderbilt’s Owen School was their best fit. See vu.edu/owenblog-PRtopten

Celebrating Peter Veruki

After nearly 20 years and thousands of miles on the road, Peter Veruki recently retired as director of corporate relations. The school honored his many contributions to Owen with events in Nashville and New York. Veruki joined Owen in 1988 and spent 11 years building the Career Management Center. He then took a short break before letting himself be lured back in 2005 to assist with alumni and employer relations.

Peter Veruki
From left, Betty Jane “BJ” Taylor, BS’60, Dewey Daane and Peter Veruki

Which MBA?

The Economist’s new ‘Which MBA?’ ranking places Vanderbilt at No. 34 globally and No. 23 in North America. In addition, students who were surveyed gave high marks for the school’s career opportunities (No. 15 globally), career services (No. 10 globally) and alumni effectiveness (No. 14 globally).

Prepared, competitive and successful

Owen teams are racking up top finishes in case competitions and other challenges against other top schools in a variety of disciplines. Recent honors include:

First-place wins
2013 Chicago Quantitative Alliance Challenge
Asia Brumwell, MSF’13, Chad Hooker, MSF’13, Zach Kennedy, MSF’13, and Kelly Smith, MSF’13

2013 Emory Leadership in Health Care Case Competition
Brett Pentz, MBA’13, Baxter Webb, MBA’13, and 2014 MBA candidates Alex Johnson, Kristen O’Neill and Cole Wheeler

Executive Leadership Forum team

Second-place wins

2013 Executive Leadership Forum Business Case Competition
Andre Hill, MBA’13, and 2014 MBA candidates Veronica Barnes, Sharde Miller, Shandra Scott and Ketiwe Zipperer

Other key finishes

2013 UNC Real Estate Development Challenge—Third-place honors
Greg Hill, MBA’13, Walker Mathews, MBA’13, Kalen Stanton, MBA’13, and 2014 MBA candidate Dan Bresnahan

2013 International Impact Investing Challenge—Finalist
Timothy Barbis, MBA’13, and
Lucas Wilkinson, MBA’13

Foster care executive awarded tuition-free MBA

Stephanie Barger
Stephanie Barger

Stephanie Barger, vice president of strategy and operations at Monroe Harding, a nonprofit that provides care and support for foster children, has been named this year’s recipient of a full-tuition sponsorship to the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA program. The Owen School funds the award, which covers the full cost of the two-year tuition, and selects the winner in partnership with the Nashville Center for Nonprofit Management.

Boxing and bonding

Students volunteering at Second Harvest
It was all about bonding as a class and helping. Incoming students spent part of Orientation serving the Nashville community. Among the nonprofits they helped was Second Harvest Food Bank.From left, Kristina Arntz, Hisa Yamaoka, Lee J. Webb and Elizabeth Timbs.