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LETTER FROM THE DEAN

I am delighted and extremely proud to serve as dean of the University of Chicago Booth

School of Business, and to be counted among the university’s extraordinary faculty. I

was drawn to this position because the University of Chicago is one of the world’s great

institutions of higher learning, and Booth is the preeminent academic school of

business. To be entrusted with the deanship of this school is an incredible honor.

As you will see in the following pages, Booth is performing well on multiple dimensions.

This is due in large part to the efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff, students, and

alumni, as well as the guidance of those who have served in leadership roles. The school

is particularly indebted to

Doug Skinner,

whom I have known for many years as a

colleague in the accounting profession, for doing so much in his role as interim dean to

keep Booth’s momentum going in the United States and across the globe. I am deeply

appreciative of Doug’s willingness to remain in the dean’s office as a deputy dean along

with

Phil Berger,

John Heaton,

and

Stacey Kole.

Since I began as dean on July 1, 2017, I have been immersed in all things Booth,

learning everything I can about the school and its unique culture. I expect to spend a

good portion of my time as dean speaking to our alumni. I look forward to hearing your

thoughts about the school, including your ideas for making it even better.

As you know, the university is in the midst of its fund-raising campaign, with two years

left to go. Transformative gifts from our alumni and friends allow us to recruit the best

students, hire and retain the best faculty, and provide our faculty with the resources

they need to conduct innovative research and produce ideas with enduring impact. I am

deeply grateful for your generosity and look forward to your continued support!

MADHAV V. RAJAN

DEAN AND GEORGE PRATT SHULTZ PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING