Dean of The Year: Idalene Kesner of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
The prestigious U.S. MBA journal Poets & Quants named Dean Idie Kesner, Dean of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, "2019 Dean of the Year". The Kelly School is a long-time partner school of SKK GSB. Both schools have been cooperating on a dual-degree track since 2007. More than 500 SKK GSB graduates are also alumni of the Kelly School. SKK GSB congratulates Dean Kesner on her tremendous achievement!
Poets & Quants, a leading news site about business education, today announced Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner as its Dean of the Year. Kesner, an alumna who earned her MBA and doctorate at Kelley, became dean in May 2013 after holding several leadership roles at the school.
The first woman to lead Kelley, she has directed the school through a prodigious period in its history that has included growth in undergraduate and online MBA enrollments without diluting admissions standards, greater student diversity and international expansion. Today, Kelley has a total enrollment of more than 12,250 students at IU Bloomington and IUPUI.
“Through more than seven years as dean, she had made smart bets on the future of business education by leveraging the school's early leadership in online learning. For an academic, she has made bold and innovative investments to serve the needs of her students,” said Poets & Quants editor John Byrne in an article announcing Kesner’s selection.
The article highlighted many points of pride for the Kelley School, including the doubling of its undergraduate population to about 8,000 students and enrollment in the Kelley Direct online MBA and MS programs to almost 1,000 students, and its expanded portfolio of other master’s degree programs.
Kesner is the ninth person to receive this honor. Deans previously honored include those at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the Harvard Business School, the Yale School of Management, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
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