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The Exchange: Dean’s Message May 2024

May 16, 2024
Jeff Guan, interim dean, in front of the Big Red statue

Bright Futures

Dear Members of the College of Business Community, 

As we bid farewell to another academic year, I find myself reflecting on the incredible milestones we’ve achieved together. From the joyous gatherings of our graduation celebrations to the exciting developments within our College, it’s evident that our dedication to excellence continues to propel us forward.

First and foremost, I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all our recent graduates. Your hard work, determination, and resilience have culminated in this significant achievement. This May we proudly count approximately 300 undergraduates who have earned their business degrees, alongside the remarkable cohorts of our MBA programs. Notably, our Online MBA (OMBA) and Professional MBA (PMBA) cohorts, totaling 97 and 35 graduates respectively, have emerged as leaders and future leaders in their fields, embodying the spirit of innovation and critical thinking.

At the heart of our success lies the enduring value of a business education. As we navigate an ever-evolving landscape shaped by technology and artificial intelligence, the skills and insights cultivated through our programs become increasingly indispensable. Our graduates are equipped not only with technical proficiency but also with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership abilities essential for success in today’s dynamic business environment.

As an example, the recent addition of our Human Resources Minor underscores our commitment to providing comprehensive, career-focused education. With an emphasis on practical, skills-based learning, this program prepares students for a diverse array of roles within the HR domain. From HR Generalists to Employee Relations Specialists, our curriculum is designed to empower individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen path. Moreover, our partnerships with large national/international organizations such as HRCI and Fortune 500 companies ensure that our offerings remain at the forefront of industry standards.

As we look ahead to the future, I am filled with optimism for the possibilities that lie ahead. Our ongoing efforts to enhance our programs, foster meaningful partnerships, and adapt to emerging trends will continue to position us as leaders in business education.

Warm regards, 

Jeff Guan, PhD, Interim Dean, UofL College of Business