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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean 2017-06-28T15:30:33+00:00
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David Spalding

Raisbeck Endowed Dean

Welcome to our new website!

For the past year, we’ve been developing an entirely new website. Today, we are excited to highlight our students, alumni, faculty, and staff successes in an exciting new way. We are confident you will find what you need on our website — easier and faster.

In addition to a new website, we have a lot of exciting news to share.

We’re proud to say we are rising in the national rankings. The Iowa State University College of Business was recognized in The Princeton Review list of ‘Great Schools for Highest Paying Majors’ in the area of finance (January 2017). Our supply chain management program has several recent successes, including #6 in the world for research (2017 Supply Chain Management Journal List), and #18 in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings, just to name a few. We’re also #4 in accounting information systems research (2016 BYU accounting rankings). You can see more successes on our rankings page.

At the College of Business, we now offer more events and opportunities for student and alumni engagement than ever before.

It’s clear that more students are choosing Iowa State for their business education. With our highest enrollment in 26 years, we educate more Iowa high school graduates than any other four-year business program in the country.

We officially launch two new programs in entrepreneurship this academic year. For the first time, Iowa State University students now have the opportunity to choose entrepreneurship as an undergraduate major. We’re the first public university in Iowa to offer this as a major. We have also added entrepreneurship as a specialty in our PhD program. Ours is only the eighth PhD entrepreneurship program in the country. In this important program, we will be educating future entrepreneurship professors.

We want the world to know, that Iowa State is the place for entrepreneurship!

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about us and the many exciting majors available in the College of Business. 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!

David Spalding
Raisbeck Endowed Dean
Iowa State University College of Business

About Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding

David P. Spalding is the fifth dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University. Before arriving in Ames in August 2013, he served for eight years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Most recently, Spalding served as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president, responsible for implementing strategy, vision, and direction for the institution. Previously he had served as the president’s chief of staff.

Spalding was appointed as Dartmouth’s vice president for alumni relations in October 2005, his first position in higher education. In this role, he led the school’s efforts to increase engagement with its nearly 70,000 alumni. Also a Dartmouth alumnus, Spalding was very active in fund-raising as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee and as a member or co-chair of the reunion giving committees for his four most recent class reunions. He had also served as a member of Dartmouth’s President’s Leadership Council.

Before Dartmouth, he had a 29-year career in finance in New York City. He was most recently vice chairman of The Cypress Group LLC, a firm that he co-founded and co-managed. The Cypress Group is a private equity firm which managed funds totaling $3 billion. Prior to co-founding Cypress, he served as a senior vice president and then a managing director of Lehman Brothers. He began his career in New York with The Chase Manhattan Bank NA. 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.

Spalding has served on a number of corporate boards including Lear Corporation, AMTROL Inc., Williams-Scotsman Inc., and Parisian, Inc. He has also served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. He was chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York board of directors and a member of the boards of Kimball Union Academy and Northern Stage.

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.