In the fall, we celebrated record enrollment with 4,485 students. That’s nearly a 10 percent increase over last year, and breaks the 1986 record. Having more students is great, but just having them here isn’t enough. We strive to help them stay here, be successful students and prepare them for exciting careers after graduation. We also listen to what businesses need as they search for new talent. Employers are actively hiring in Data Analytics, Real Estate and Sales, so we hired additional faculty in those areas.
Our good news continued in February when we received one of the prestigious Innovations That Inspire Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the accrediting body for business schools around the world. We are one of only 30 in the world to receive this award, which highlights the good work being done with our global experiences. We have internationally-known faculty who are pushing the envelope every day to make the student experience the best it can possibly be. Please read the full article on the next page about our supply chain live case that led to this award.
We were also excited to learn our Supply Chain Management program has been recognized as a top-10 program in the world for supply chain research (Transportation Journal) and 11th-best program in the world for supply chain talent (SCM World).
This issue of Prospectus also features many important accomplishments from our students, alumni, faculty and staff. In this issue we took a closer look at the business of athletics. It’s an interesting view of the connection between the worlds of business and sports. Students who choose to major in business have a unique opportunity when they graduate and work in an athletic field. No matter where our students work, they will work in an organization that operates with business principles, and that includes athletic organizations. On the following pages, you will see just a few examples of the many student athletes who chose business. We hope you enjoy their stories.
As we celebrate our successes, we also pause to reflect on the many accomplishments of our founding dean, Dr. Charles Handy, who passed away in January. On the final page of this magazine, Chuck always provided an article with his perspective on a variety of topics. It’s only fitting that we remember him on that page one last time. Chuck was a good friend to Iowa State, to the College of Business and to the many students he taught and mentored during his career in higher education. He will be missed. I invite you to stay connected with us by reading the stories on the following pages, visiting our web site, and social media sites. When you visit our web site, be sure to read our electronic newsletter, Discover Business, which can be found on the home page of our web site in the “About” section: www.business.iastate.edu. If you currently do not receive that, please sign up so you can receive future issues. Most importantly, always feel free to write, call or visit us on campus.
David P. Spalding,
Raisbeck Endowed Dean