About Chicago Booth

Message from the Interim Dean

Photo of Douglas J. Skinner

Welcome to Chicago Booth, where I am honored to serve as interim dean.

I joined the Booth faculty in 2005 for a simple reason: This is the best place in the world for my research and teaching. Whether you are interested in an MBA or a PhD, I believe this is also the best place in the world for you to pursue your business education.

The University of Chicago is distinctive because of its singular focus on inquiry—finding the right answer to problems. That mission permeates the University, including Booth. Consistent with this focus, our mission is to create and disseminate fundamental knowledge and provide a preeminent business education based on that knowledge. Everything that we do at Booth is directed toward this mission.

Booth’s faculty is the best in the world because of their pathbreaking research and ability to communicate why this research matters, not only to our students, but also to our alumni and the community at large. Although Chicago is perhaps best known for its rich tradition in economics and finance (most visible through our history of winning Nobel prizes in Economics), we also have deep faculty expertise in other areas—such as accounting, behavioral science, leadership, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations, as well as newer areas, such as data science and machine learning.

Our programs feature an innovative and unusually flexible curriculum that—unlike more traditional programs—does not have required core classes. Instead, students choose a program to fit their unique skills and interests. Our entrepreneurship program, including the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, part of the Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is now one of the top university-based accelerator programs in the country. And we are very proud of the programming that emanates from other centers, such as the Social Enterprise Initiative, which has attracted much interest from our students.

Booth is now a truly global organization, with locations not just on the University’s Hyde Park campus on Chicago’s South Side, but also in downtown Chicago, London, and Hong Kong. These campuses allow us to offer Chicago Booth’s distinctive Executive MBA Program to students from around the world, as well as delivering Executive Education programs that have global reach. Evening and Weekend students (as well as our Full-Time students) take classes at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

I hope you will find out more about the wonderful things that are happening at Booth and the University of Chicago.

Douglas J. Skinner
Interim Dean and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting