"At this time in our history we stand with our students, supporting their aspirations and dreams to make the world a better place and to succeed professionally."
John A. Elliott
Dean, UConn School of Business
I am pleased to share with you the 2020 Dean’s Annual Report. In it, we highlight many of the achievements of the last year: the outstanding research being conducted by our faculty; the continual support from our alumni allowing us to enrich the lives of our students through scholarships, internships, mentorship and employment; the amazing work of our students in the classroom and beyond; our incubation and support of entrepreneurship; and our ongoing commitment to diversity.
At this time in our history we stand with our students, supporting their aspirations and dreams to make the world a better place and to succeed professionally. Business schools play a key role in their journey and we are proud to be engaged with so many of you in making this happen. Thank you.
This summer brought civil unrest and turned the nation’s attention to the racial inequalities that still exist. We recognized our role and responsibility in improving the world. We asked alumni, student leaders and our professional staff how business schools can serve as a positive catalyst for change. Included in this report, their responses were powerful, engaging and thought provoking.
I am inspired by the vision captured on our report's front cover by the young Black artist Jayla Frederick. We commissioned Jayla to portray the hope and promise of a new generation of Black leaders emerging from the dark events of the past—recent, distant and all-too-frequent. With confidence and determination, equipped by their education, they are meeting the future today. We stand with them. And in this instance "we" includes all of us: alumni, faculty, staff, and their classmates.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Dean's Annual Report and will join me in the important conversations it is intended to inspire.
John A. Elliott
Dean and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business