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April Message from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

We enter the finale of the academic year with both great excitement in celebrating the successes of our graduating students, but also with a recognition of how difficult the times are at universities across the country. We respect the rights of those in our community who want to peacefully express their views and ideas about the world around them, and we also strive to create an environment where our students can successfully complete their exams and celebrate the milestone that graduation represents. Please know that we are working very hard to carefully and thoughtfully balance these considerations. If you have any questions about our exam and commencement preparations, please reach out and we are happy to share additional details.   

Looking forward to this week, Michigan Ross Commencement is Friday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. at Crisler Center. This year’s invited speaker is Robin L. Washington, BBA ’84. Washington has held C-suite and Board roles with companies like Alphabet, Salesforce.com, and Gilead Sciences. She is also the co-founder of Black Women on Boards and is involved in several initiatives focused on women and underrepresented minorities in the C-suite and boardroom. I am very excited to hear from her, as well as our three graduating student speakers: Alexander Bower, BBA ’24, Jonathan Brown, MBA ’24, and Jessica Reid, MM ’24. Please note that to attend this year’s commencement event, a ticket is required, and you can request tickets to attend via this form.

Besides our main commencement ceremony, I also want to highlight two other important celebrations. Just yesterday, we hosted our DEI Awards in the Tauber Colloquium, and coming up, on May 7, we will host our annual Faculty & Staff Awards from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium. Every day our faculty and staff do amazing work across the school, and it is an honor to recognize and celebrate these accomplishments. Thank you to everyone who attended the DEI awards and I look forward to celebrating with you again at the Faculty & Staff Awards on May 7.

The Paton Fellow Induction ceremony on April 4 was also terrific. The goal of the Paton Fellows Program is to encourage students to pursue accounting-related careers. The faculty and staff who were involved did a great job honoring distinguished alumni in the field and also welcoming this year’s new fellows. 

As always, I would like to remind everyone of my upcoming office hours. I will have virtual office hours on May 8 from 1-1:45 p.m. If you would like to attend the virtual office hours, please contact Heather Cooper (hmcooper@umich.edu) for an invite with the link to join. Because so many people are traveling through May (including my travels to the President’s Pan-Asia conference and other alum activities in the region), just let me know if you want to connect any other time in May and I am happy to set that up.

Also, the most recent episode of my Down to Business podcast is available. This series is designed to highlight the success of our alums who are C-suite leaders. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer Barker, MBA ’01, CEO of treasury services at BNY Mellon, on her career, experience at Michigan Ross, and advice for future leaders. If you are interested in the conversation, you can listen here

And finally, check out our centennial website, which includes some of the “100 Big Ideas” from Michigan Ross over the past century. Special thanks to those faculty members who contributed to developing this set of ideas. It is so impressive to reflect on the great work of our faculty,  including stories about the important leaders and milestones that have shaped our history. We will continue to update the website throughout this year with new content, and our Marketing and Communications team is sharing these ideas through a range of media channels over the course of 2024. 

Best wishes for a successful wrap up to the semester and I look forward to seeing many of you at our year-end celebrations over the next couple of weeks.

Kind regards,

Sharon

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