The new year is a time for new beginnings and new opportunities. We are excited by the possibilities that lay ahead of us, and we’re committed to the hard work of turning those possibilities into realities. Change in business is constant and necessary, and advances in technology accelerate the pace. In preparing our students to be capable, equipped, and innovative, we must be the same. So, we are reviewing and refreshing all of our existing programs while, at the same time, we’re developing and launching new and innovative high-value-added offerings. We are also bringing new energy and a renewed commitment to connecting with our important constituencies including, especially, our alumni and partners.
In our efforts to review and refresh existing programs, we are developing new content for all our students in areas like digital literacy (“big data” and analytics) and character-based leadership. Our new high-value-added offerings include the recently approved Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) which will enroll its first cohort in August of this year. These efforts will, we hope, serve as the foundations for many more new offerings in the near-term and, more generally, in positioning the College of Business as a leader in business education for the 21st century. That leadership will be grounded in agility and continuous adaptation to market needs with high quality and accessible programs.
To accomplish these goals we have been adapting as an organization. We are still keenly focused on our core mission – changing the world and improving lives via important knowledge both via teaching and research – and we’re structuring our organization to be more impactful, efficient, and agile. Those organizational changes have included:
- The appointment of Dr. Kristen Lucas as Assistant Dean of Program Innovation & Strategic Initiatives;
- The appointment of Dr. Nat Irvin as Assistant Dean for Thought Leadership for Civic Engagement
These appointments bring renewed focus and energy to two core aspects of our new culture: innovation in what we do and what we teach; and commitment to the City of Louisville and the region as agents of change and progress.
Finally, we are committing to and investing in deeper and more meaningful relationships with you, our alumni and friends. We are working with the wonderful University of Louisville Alumni Association and our MBA Alumni Association to plan more and better programming to connect with you. You’ll be seeing those programs announced over the coming months. We invite you to join with us on this journey as we build upon our important mission with compelling innovations that improve the outlook for our students’ lives and the world.
Dean, University of Louisville College of Business