About Chicago Booth

Message from the Dean

Booth School of Business Dean Sunil Kumar

Dear Friends,

From its inception, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has produced path-breaking ideas with lasting impact on the theory and practice of management, and has trained generations of leaders who have helped shape the world of business. This is our mission: to create knowledge with enduring impact; and to influence and educate current and future leaders.

We move forward in this mission using the past as a guide. For more than 100 years, the school has held itself to timeless values of relentless pursuit of excellence, rigor, and respect for the individual. It has been an exemplar of unfettered ambition, having created fields, and never shrinking from risks. Many of its path-breaking ideas, while heretical at the time, have had enduring impact, eventually becoming mainstream. And since its inception, the school has transformed generations of leaders.

To stand above, we must continue to stand apart.

Our vision for the school focuses on five areas:

  1. Strengthen and broaden the intellectual footprint of the school. To do this, Chicago Booth must strengthen the faculty even more. As the school broadens, it will need to get bigger in some areas. And it must be audacious in acquiring talent – the generous gift from David and Suzanne Booth has been invaluable in helping us in this area.
  2. Support and leverage impact and influence, by supporting centers and initiatives, better dissemination of our intellectual capital, and expanding Executive Education program.
  3. Support a broader set of student aspirations, ranging from finance to social entrepreneurship, expanding their choices in the program. This requires curricular innovation in both content and form, including experiential courses and courses on emerging topics.
  4. Attract an even broader pool of future leaders, via scholarship support and global programs. In particular, this has been a priority area of focus in the last year and we are sharpening our global strategy to maximize Chicago Booth’s already substantial global footprint.
  5. Better support and leverage our alumni. Producing outstanding alumni who are leaders in the world of business and policy has been a constant throughout the years. The school must take full advantage of this. In the last year we have implemented several measures to enhance the school’s engagement with alumni and external constituencies.

Going forward, this will provide the framework by which we can assess and track the school’s progress.

Sunil Kumar
Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management