Welcome to 2012
December offered quite the busy end to 2011. In addition to the usual frenetic pace of the holidays, I just wrapped up a dizzying travel schedule. Just days before Christmas, I flew from Tampa to San Francisco to New York within a week, and for good reason.
I'm on a committee for AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—that reviews the decisions of all peer review reaccreditation teams, and we met in Tampa. AACSB is the premier accreditation agency of business and accounting programs, and I’ve taken an active role in ensuring the Sellinger School is not only aligned with its standards, but also has an active partnership with the organization and member schools. Coincidentally, AACSB's accounting group also met that same week, and I’m happy to announce that we have maintained our accreditation in accounting and remain one of only two percent of business schools worldwide that hold dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting.
From there, I headed out to San Francisco to join our Emerging Leaders MBA students on their domestic field study, which also included an evening reception attended by some of Loyola’s more than 300 Bay Area alumni. Loyola’s making a conscious effort to recruit students from California—the state now ranks among our top 10 “feeder” states for new undergraduate students—and to strengthen connections with California-based alumni. I spent two days visiting with alumni and learning more about their experiences as Loyola students and as professionals in California.
In contrast to the tight job markets still seen throughout most of the country, Silicon Valley seems to be booming, a situation venture capitalist Bill Long, ’86, points out in this month’s feature story, “A West Coast State of Mind.” While I was there, I noticed countless billboards advertising companies that are hiring, some of them seeking literally thousands of people in technology and business fields. One of our alumni said that for students interested in investment banking, San Francisco is the place to be. He recommends starting your career on the West Coast and moving East later (if you can tear yourself away from that lifestyle). It will be interesting to see whether a growing number of Loyola graduates begin to migrate westward.
The week ended in New York with the John Early Society Christmas Party, Loyola’s annual celebration for leadership donors. We’ve hosted a John Early Society Christmas Party in Baltimore for years, and added a New York celebration in 2009 in recognition of our growing student, parent, and alumni presence there. The party offers a nice chance to connect with a number of friends of the Sellinger School before activity quiets down at Christmas, and the turnout and enthusiasm for Loyola provides further proof that Loyola’s influence extends far beyond Baltimore.
Finally, as I know many of you are contemplating New Year’s resolutions, or trying to stick to one, I suggest this article, "How will you measure your life?" as food for thought. Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, does an excellent job of outlining what it means to have a meaningful life.
Happy New Year,