Patty Keegan Receives Award


This week our very own Patty Keegan, Associate Dean of the Executive MBA Program North America, received the Bud Fackler award for Service and Achievement by the Executive MBA Council. The award is given once a year at the annual Executive MBA Council Conference. This is the highest honor bestowed upon any member of the Executive MBA Council.

The Executive MBA Council’s mission statement reads as follows:

The Executive MBA Council’s vision is to be recognized as the primary voice of the Executive MBA industry worldwide.

The mission of the Executive MBA Council is to educate, network and inform. The council supports its members in fostering excellence and innovation in Executive MBA Programs worldwide by providing outstanding educational and networking opportunities for professionals who deliver Executive MBA Programs. The council both captures and disseminates valuable industry data to member schools, the media, and the corporate sector.

The Executive MBA Council maintains an organizational culture that promotes collegiality as defined by open communication, respect for each other, and sharing of best practices. We are committed to thought leadership, excellence in execution, and membership diversity.

The late Walter David “Bud” Fackler was a faculty member at Chicago Booth, director of the Executive MBA Program, founding member of the Executive MBA Council and the first recipient of the Fackler award in 1987.

It was clear in the presentation of the award to Patty that she truly personifies the mission set forth above by the Executive MBA Council. Patty’s involvement in the Executive MBA Council includes but is not limited to: Executive Board Member, Conference Chair (multiple), formal Mentor, Committee Chair, Committee Member, the list goes on and on.

On a personal note - Rich Johnson, Managing Director of the London Campus, and I were lucky enough to be in the room when Patty received the award. When her name was announced (with co-recipient John Fraser from the University of Iowa) the room erupted into applause and a standing ovation as she moved to the stage to accept the award.

Patty’s humble remarks included comment on the special connection between the award and Chicago Booth and what an honor it was be a part of the tradition. She also commented on not only the importance of the Executive MBA industry but the connectedness she has been lucky to be a part of through the close personal and professional relationships she has developed through the years.

It was clear that the membership unanimously approved of Patty as a recipient of the award as she was recognized for her contributions and impact on the world of Executive MBAs throughout the conference. Please join me in congratulating Patty on this most distinguished honor.