John Elliott


‘Where Academic Excellence is Valued’

Students at a recent Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony. (Tina Pierce/UConn School of Business)
Students at a recent Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony. (Tina Pierce/UConn School of Business)

UConn Business Society Receives Highest Honors; Thriving Group Attracts Elite Students

The UConn chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society that recognizes outstanding academic achievements of collegiate business scholars, has been qualified for Highest Honors for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus, the society said in a written statement.Continue Reading


Alumnus Pledges $1 Million

John Kim '87 MBA (UConn photo)
John Kim ’87 MBA (UConn photo)

Scholarship Fund to Help Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds Attend School of Business

John Kim ’87 MBA, a Korean immigrant who earned an MBA from the UConn School of Business and is now the President of New York Life Insurance Co., and his wife Diane have pledged $1 million to a scholarship fund to help underrepresented students from Hartford earn a UConn business degree.

Kim and his family were able to move to the U.S. many years ago because of sponsorship by a host family.Continue Reading


In Memoriam: Frank Wuest ’82

Frank Wuest ’82, president of the Boston-based real estate investment firm Marcus Partners and a dedicated alumnus who enjoyed mentoring UConn business students, died unexpectedly Aug. 13.

“Frank Wuest was an exemplary alumnus of the UConn School of Business,” said Dean John A. Elliott. “He engaged with faculty, staff, students and alumni. He spoke at events in Boston, he hosted visits by our students to his real estate offices, he took their phone calls, and advised them well.”Continue Reading


Top Business Executives/Alumni Join Newly Created Dean’s Advisory Cabinet

UConn School of Business Dean John A. Elliott (Marie LeBlanc/UConn School of Business)
UConn School of Business Dean John A. Elliott (Marie LeBlanc/UConn School of Business)

Dean John A. Elliott has assembled a new Advisory Cabinet for the School of Business, which includes 12 outstanding business leaders who are also passionate about their commitment to the University. Continue Reading


UConn School of Business to Remain on Constitution Plaza Expanding UConn’s Overall Presence in Downtown Hartford

UConn Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC) in Hartford, Conn.
The School of Business’ graduate degree programs based in downtown Hartford will remain at the Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC). (UConn School of Business)

The UConn School of Business’ graduate degree programs based in downtown Hartford received good news recently—they will remain in their current location and expand to additional space.

Not only did the Board of Trustees vote to extend the Graduate Business Learning Center’s (GBLC) lease at 100 Constitution Plaza, but also agreed to add two additional floors to the existing space, allocating a total of six floors of classroom, meeting and office space. Continue Reading



Courage, Vision, Wisdom

Left to right, Mark L. Fagan, Scott Gillis, Bill Simon and Margaret Keane discuss business values at the "CEO Evolution." (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Left to right, Mark L. Fagan, Scott Gillis, Bill Simon and Margaret Keane discuss business values at the “CEO Evolution.” (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Three Top Executives Share Business Advice, Values at ‘CEO Evolution’ Program in Stamford 

When UConn alumnus Bill Simon ’81, ’88 MBA, was a newly hired executive at Walmart, before he became its president and CEO, he made a gutsy decision that he knew could make or break his career there.

The low-price retail giant was excelling in its cost-saving mission on many fronts, but when Simon looked at the profit margin on prescription medicine, he realized it could do much better. Continue Reading


CEO Evolution Features Former Walmart CEO/MBA Alum

William S. Simon, former president and CEO, Walmart U.S. (UConn School of Business)
William S. Simon, former president and CEO, Walmart U.S. (UConn School of Business)

Former Walmart CEO/UConn alumnus William S. Simon To Speak at CEO Evolution Program on June 15

William S. Simon ’83, ’88 MBA, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S. and a UConn School of Business alumnus, will be one of the panelists at the third annual CEO Evolution program on June 15.

He will be joined by Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial in Stamford, and M. Scott Gillis, senior managing director and co-founder of the Manhattan managing consulting firm Galt & Co.

They will speak of Continue Reading


Third Annual CEO Evolution Panel Features Top-Tier Executives

Fairfield County Business Journal – The third annual CEO Evolution event will feature insights into the secrets of success from three CEOs from high-level national and global companies.

At the June 15 event the University of Connecticut School of Business in Stamford will host William S. Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S.; Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial in Stamford, and Scott Gillis, senior managing director and co-founder of the Manhattan managing consulting firm Galt & Co.


Graduates: Listen to Your Mother!

John Y. Kim '87 MBA, president and CIO of New York Life, offers advice to School of Business graduates during commencement on May 8. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
John Y. Kim ’87 MBA, president and CIO of New York Life, offers advice to School of Business graduates during commencement on May 8. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

New York Life President John Y. Kim ’87 MBA Delivers Light-hearted, Advice-Filled Commencement Speech

Be kind to your siblings and your co-workers, never show up at a celebration empty handed, and listen to your mothers.

That was some of the advice that alumnus John Y. Kim ’87 MBA, the president and CIO of New York Life, offered to School of Business graduates during commencement on May 8. Continue Reading