Contribution Helps Create Jon M. Huntsman Chair at Utah State University
Monday, May. 18, 2015
Utah State University recently created the Jon M. Huntsman Chair, which will support the dean of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The chair is funded in part through a contribution from the Huntsman Foundation.
The current dean of the Huntsman School, Douglas Anderson, will become the initial incumbent of the Jon M. Huntsman Chair.
“Our family is firmly committed to ensuring continued success for the business school and fully supports the vision to create a top-tier business program at Utah State University,” said David Huntsman, executive director of the Huntsman Foundation.
Under Anderson’s leadership, the school has undergone a rapid transformation across all facets of the school. The past decade has seen enrollment growth across all programs in the school. The rate and quality of placement has also risen steadily, with a 95 percent placement rate for 2013. In response to the growth the school will open a new building, Huntsman Hall, at the end of 2015.
“To watch the rapid progress of the school of business under the leadership of Dean Anderson is a thrilling experience,” said Jon M. Huntsman. “We hope this ongoing commitment will recognize and retain the most qualified dean of any business school in the country.”
USU’s business school was named the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2007 after a generous donation from the Huntsman Foundation. It is the second oldest business program west of the Mississippi River, graduating its first students in 1894.
“The focus on student success by the entire faculty and staff of the Huntsman School has had a tremendous impact in providing high-quality classroom instruction and world-class experiential opportunities for our students,” said USU President Stan Albrecht. “The creation of this chair will allow the university to maintain the high standard of leadership necessary to keep moving the Huntsman School on its upward trajectory.”
A noted authority on the intersection of strategy, leadership and change, Anderson received his undergraduate and master's degrees from USU before attending Harvard University, where he received his doctorate. He was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty for nearly a decade before leaving academia in 1987 to start his own highly successful consulting firm, the Boston-based Center for Executive Development, in partnership with three colleagues from Harvard. In 2006 he became dean of the College of Business at Utah State University.
The Huntsman School offers seven undergraduate majors and six graduate degrees, including a nationally ranked program in accounting and an undergraduate degree in international economics offered in China through partnerships with four academic institutions.
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