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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean 2018-09-24T10:08:01+00:00
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David Spalding

Raisbeck Endowed Dean

Welcome to the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business!

There are many reasons to be proud of the accomplishments of the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business.

On September 11, 2017, Debbie and Jerry Ivy announced their historic $50 million gift, which named the Ivy College of Business. At the time of the gift, there were only 14 other business schools in the country to have received a gift larger than $50 million, so we are in good company!

Their gift will establish an endowed fund that will eventually provide almost $2 million annually to the college for short and long-term priorities. Most immediately, it will build on momentum in several growing areas at the college, including entrepreneurship, business analytics, and supply chain management, which is ranked fifth in the world for research. The Ivy gift will provide scholarships, faculty support, and programmatic funding for those and other areas. We are very grateful to Debbie and Jerry Ivy and all of our donors.

As a team, our faculty and staff have taken the college to new levels and positioned ourselves on the cutting edge of business education. After experiencing five years of record enrollment, we continue to provide students with a broad range of unique opportunities and experiences that position them to be essential employees and exemplary citizens.

We continuously look forward and remain committed to staying on the cutting edge of industry trends. We consistently evaluate and add new programs that will benefit our students and assist them in excelling in the workforce – driving economic impact and positive contributions to their respective employers. Some recent examples include the addition of an undergraduate major and PhD program in entrepreneurship and a master’s degree in business analytics. We also feel it is important that all undergraduate Ivy students take a course in business ethics to equip them with a solid foundation before graduation. We are in the process of launching an executive MBA, an undergraduate major in actuarial science and a master’s in real estate development.

As you can see, we are a college on the move!

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about us and the many exciting majors available in the college. Connect with us on social media, through our electronic newsletter, Discover Business, and our magazine, Prospectus. It’s a great time to be in business at Iowa State University!

About Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding

David P. Spalding is the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. He is the fifth dean of the college. As of July 1, 2018, he is also serving as interim vice president for economic development and industry relations for Iowa State University.

Under his leadership, total enrollment at the Ivy College of Business grew 39.8 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2018. Spalding has hired 50 tenured, tenure-eligible faculty. He has helped secure more than $100 million from donors, including a $50 million commitment from Debbie and Jerry Ivy that named the college in September 2017. He has increased funding for faculty research by 103 percent and increased the number of students having an international experience by 72 percent (both 2013-2017).

Before arriving in Ames in August 2013, Spalding served for eight years at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, most recently as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president.

Prior to Dartmouth, Spalding had a 29-year career in finance in New York City. He began his career in New York with The Chase Manhattan Bank. He also was a vice president with The First National Bank of Chicago and a senior vice president with GE Capital Corporate Finance Group Inc. In addition, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers. He was most recently vice chairman of The Cypress Group LLC, a firm that he co-founded and co-managed.

Over the years he has served on a number of corporate boards and nonprofit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, where he was board chair.

He received an AB in history cum laude in 1976 from Dartmouth and a master’s of business administration in finance from New York University in 1984.