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Joseph Buck Named Associate Dean of Alumni Relations and Development at Chicago Booth


Joseph Buck, an accomplished fundraiser who leads the University of Chicago development efforts directed at individuals and families, has been named associate dean of alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the school announced today (Monday, April 4, 2011.

The appointment is effective May 16, 2011.

“With his deep roots in education and more than eight years leading development teams at the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and La Salle University, Joe has demonstrated the energy, insight, and enthusiasm to continue our efforts to transform the relationship we have with our 45,000 alumni,” said Sunil Kumar, dean of Chicago Booth.

“One of our objectives is to increase the engagement of our alumni in the intellectual life of the school,” Kumar said. “Joe’s ability to build strong relationships in complex organizations around the world is a perfect match to our goals and his knowledge of the University of Chicago’s values and history will provide a smooth runway for his entry into this position.”

Buck has spent the past four years in senior positions in the University of Chicago’s central development office, most recently serving as assistant vice president for individual giving. In that role he was the University’s chief individual giving officer and developed, managed and carried out programs to meet the University’s goals for privately contributed gifts from individuals and families. He managed a central fundraising staff of 35 people that raised more than $35 million last year.

Earlier in his career Buck was senior major gifts officer at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia and director of major gifts at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

He spent more than a year in China teaching English conversation and reading to Chinese college and middle school students.

Before today’s announcement, the role of associate dean of alumni relations and development at Booth had been filled on an interim basis by Mark Zmijewski, a deputy dean. When Buck joins the Booth staff in May, Zmijewski will resume devoting his full attention to his role as deputy dean for the part-time M.B.A. programs and to his faculty position as the Leon Carroll Marshall Professor of Accounting.

“Mark has served in this additional capacity since July 2010 and I want to personally thank him for his thoughtful guidance of the alumni and development team and also recognize the 43 individual team members who continued to give their very best effort to the school during this transition period,” said Kumar, who in addition to serving as dean is also a professor of operations management.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is one of the leading business schools in the world. The school’s faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates include many business leaders across the U.S. and worldwide.

The Chicago Approach to Management Education is distinguished by how it leverages fundamental knowledge, its rigor, and its practical application to business challenges.

Chicago Booth offers a full-time M.B.A. program, an evening M.B.A. program, a weekend M.B.A. program, an executive M.B.A. program in Chicago, London and Singapore, and a Ph.D. program. The school also offers open enrollment executive education and custom corporate education.