Dean's Report


“The role of a business school in higher education has never been more vital than it is today. That is no wonder, when you think about the grand challenges facing society and the need for creative leaders with financially viable and ethical approaches to solve them."

Thomas Katsouleas
President, UConn

UConn School of Business Dean's Report 2019

When UConn inaugurated Thomas Katsouleas as its 16th president in October, he defined an exciting and challenging agenda of growth for the entire University. Among his goals are significantly expanding research, strengthening graduate and undergraduate education, enhancing philanthropic giving, and contributing to the economic health of Connecticut and its workforce.

President Katsouleas’ vision is well aligned with our goals in the School of Business. Our faculty excel in research and thought leadership in academia and industry. Our specialty graduate programs are top ranked and highly regarded. Innovative partnerships with Fortune 500 companies have created compelling curriculum for our students that is powerful in the classroom and imperative in the workplace. And our talented alumni are leading in their industries and communities—and finding time to give back to the School through mentoring, internships, scholarships, and more.

We have gathered select highlights from our talented people and programs for the 2019 edition of our Dean’s Report. I hope you will take a few minutes to read about the exciting achievements that have shaped the School of Business during the last year.

Within the pages, you will meet alumna Mary Laschinger, ’92 EMBA, of Atlanta, one of only 24 women CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies. Laschinger shares how growing up on a dairy farm gave her the mental toughness to tackle difficult work assignments throughout her career. Meanwhile, most in Connecticut are familiar with Munson’s Chocolates. Alumna Karen Munson ’86, president of Munson’s, discusses how a ‘ferocious work ethic’ is the key to success in any business.

Also in this edition: Professor and marketing researcher Kelly Herd describes how a bit of empathy is the ‘secret sauce’ to new product development, something almost every company can use as it innovates and changes. A trio of young alumni from the Class of 2019 who developed a card game called Roast Me that marks their debut in the entrepreneurship arena. And many more insights, events, and achievements.

Warm regards,
David Souder
Interim Dean, UConn School of Business