If you are regular reader of my blog, you know that I don’t typically write about happenings around the school since our website and student bloggers provide that information. But when something historic happens here, I’d be remiss not to mention it. With great pride and excitement, the Ross community gathered at 7:30am on Wednesday, September 4 to celebrate the $200 million gift to the University of Michigan from real estate developer and alumnus Stephen M. Ross. The Ross School and U-M Athletics will each receive $100 million. This is in addition to the $100 million he gave in 2004, making his gift the second largest gift to a business school in the U.S.
Earlier this year, Ross committed to give half or more of his wealth to charity and signed the Giving Pledge, a global initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates to inspire deeper engagement in philanthropy and increase charitable giving. Ross’ gift supports the school’s philosophy that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change. It’s great to be part of a community that thinks of business in this way.
On to my regular broadcast. The Admissions team has been on the road meeting prospective students and reconnecting with Ross alums around the world. Eun Ja has spent the last several weeks in Asia, Jill has been in South America, and Diana and I have been criss-crossing the U.S. We’ll be hitting Europe, India and more U.S. cities in the coming months.
Back on campus, Taya, Diana and I are working out the programming to accompany our new group exercise. The day will include one-on-one interviews, lunch with current students and the admissions team, an “MBA Unplugged” student panel and a student-led tour. We’re also working on updates to our training content for admissions interviewers (MBA2s and alumni). At the end of each year, the Admissions team does a debrief with faculty and staff from Career Services and Student Life to get feedback on the MBA1 class and identify characteristics, experiences, and other dimensions of successful students to inform our evaluation criteria.
Finally, the Round 1 application deadline is in less than a month – October 1. Interview invitations will likely go out on or before October 21. We look forward to reading your apps and hopefully seeing you on campus!