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Fred G. Steingraber

Being There: Inaugural Professorship Dinner
Strategic Management Chair Honors Fred G. Steingraber, A.T. Kearney

Two years ago, global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and its then chairman and CEO, Fred G. Steingraber, '64, decided to endow a professorship at Chicago GSB. Because of the long-standing relationship between the GSB and A.T. Kearney, establishing a chair in strategic management seemed the ideal way to honor the firm's 75th anniversary in 2001.

At Gleacher Center in May, 100 individuals from both institutions celebrated the inauguration of the Fred G. Steingraber-A.T. Kearney Chair of Organizations and Strategy--the GSB's first endowed professorship in strategic management. Guests of honor included Steingraber, who is now the firm's chairman emeritus, and Professor Toby E. Stuart, the first to hold the new chair. He was appointed last summer.

"As long as this university exists, professors will succeed to this chair," said then dean Robert S. Hamada. "They will vindicate the faith of its donors in our mission of teaching and research, and they will bear witness to the names and to the vision and to the generosity of its donors."

Hamada thanked Steingraber for his service to the GSB as well as for his gift. In addition to being a member of the GSB council since 1987, Steingraber chaired his class's 30th reunion and participated in task forces on how to incorporate technology into the GSB's new integrated campus and how to launch the Barcelona campus. Further, Steingraber was recognized in 1996 for his accomplishments in business with the school's Distinguished Corporate Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus awards.

"Your career has been such a great model for our students," added Hamada. "You showed everybody how a boy from Minneapolis--with all of your higher education from Midwestern universities--could turn your intellect, your imagination, and your experience into successful international business in Europe."

Steingraber spoke next, focusing on the relationship between the GSB and A.T. Kearney, which draws about 15 to 20 percent of its annual hires from the GSB. "Both of our organizations share a passion for the business theory that changes business practice," he said, referring to the establishment of the chair as "a tangible symbol [of] our shared philosophy."

Steingraber also had high praise for Stuart. "Professor Stuart is indeed an outstanding scholar, indeed a leading thinker," Steingraber said. "It's no accident his classes are absolutely overflowing, not just in terms of attendance... but also in terms of the participation and enthusiasm of students."

Stuart became a full professor in 2000, just five years into his academic career--about half the time usually required to achieve that position. His influence and leadership, said Hamada, made Stuart the ideal choice for the chair and set the standard for future appointees.

Stuart called the named professorship a "truly great honor" and a "tribute that brings me tremendous pride." He also commented that A.T. Kearney, like the GSB, is an institution that "prides itself on thought leadership and generating new ideas that fundamentally change executive management."--K.S.

See also:

Career Highlights of Fred G. Steingraber

An Overview of Research by Toby E. Stuart


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