A Letter from the Dean

François Ortalo-Magné, Catherine Kurtz (BBA ’17), and Bucky Badger celebrate another successful BBA All Ways Forward Student Campaign.
François Ortalo-Magné, Catherine Kurtz (BBA ’17), and Bucky Badger celebrate another successful BBA All Ways Forward Student Campaign.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

When I became dean six years ago, we made a bet together on the future of higher education. With your investments, we leveraged the disruption of our industry to pursue new approaches to learning. Our goal was to better serve students through innovation and growth—important work that now differentiates us from our peers. I am so proud that we established WSB as a leader in educational innovation and grew our excellent undergraduate program by more than 700 students over the course of my deanship.

With your support, we have strategically moved from delivering teaching to inspiring learning. We hired experts in educational and technology innovations and deployed them to train faculty and staff, and create new learning spaces. We have made cutting-edge progress in innovation that surely will continue to set this great School apart in the years to come.

Today, WSB serves more students than ever. Our dedicated program staff has increased both the diversity and size of our BBA program while maintaining the quality of our academic and career advising services, keeping our students on track to secure outstanding full-time jobs after graduation.

I leave the School with the utmost confidence in its new leader, Anne P. Massey. Anne currently serves as Dean’s Research Professor of information systems at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs. She will start in Madison in early August.

Anne brings experience with Indiana’s large and prestigious undergraduate business program and various master’s degrees and MBAs, an outstanding research record, and extensive teaching and faculty leadership. I am particularly intrigued and impressed by her recognized thought leadership in the deployment of technology to enhance creativity, collaboration, and learning. I have no doubt that the School will thrive under her direction.

Thank you for your partnership and continued support. I have been humbled and inspired by your success and your gratitude—both remain defining characteristics of WSB. The generosity of alumni and friends will continue to move the School forward, maintaining momentum in educational innovation while continuing to enhance the value of the Business Badger community.

Together Forward,

—François Ortalo-Magné
Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business

François Ortalo-Magné and UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank enjoy an alumni event hosted by UW alumni at American Family Insurance’s corporate headquarters in June 2014.
François Ortalo-Magné and UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank enjoy an alumni event hosted by UW alumni at American Family Insurance’s corporate headquarters in June 2014.
Students Thanking Badgers

Students Thanking Badgers

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A Student Thank You Note

Nick (WSB student)

“Thank you for your continuing support of WSB. Your contributions inspire us all to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy now and beyond graduation. On, Wisconsin!” Read More »

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Caroline (WSB student)

“Thank you so much for your contribution to the university! It is because of the generosity of alumni such as yourself that I am able to pursue my passions and make the most of my experience here.” Read More »

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Morgan (WSB student)

“Your generosity does not go unnoticed. You are doing great things for the university and we current fellow badgers thank you! On, Wisconsin!” Read More »