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Fall 1981 Exchange

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DEAN'S REPORT The dramatic thrust of the N. Eldon Tanner building's framework into the BYU skyline symbolizes the School of Management's growth and development. During preschool meetings, the college faculty and staff inspected the unfinished building, and even at that early, raw stage, it was evident that this is going to be a magnificent structure. Construction is on schedule, and we plan to move in by late 1982. Several significant changes have been made within the Office of the Dean. Ray Andrus was approved by the administration to be our first associate dean. He will be responsible for the Graduate School of Management programs, budgets, building, and research. Bob Parsons was appointed assistant dean to replace Paul Thompson, who has returned to teaching and remains in the Organizational Behavior Department. Bob will be in charge of faculty development, undergraduate programs, and curriculum. Additionally, Paul Timm was appointed to the new position of assistant dean responsible for Corporate Relations. We have known for a long time that much of the activity of our college is a result of a working relationship with organizations around the world. We rely on these organizations for the placement of our students, internship positions, funding, executive lectures and executive-in-residence programs, consulting opportunities for faculty, and participation on our National Advisory Council. We feel it is time to have one person at the dean's level contacting, coordinating, and working with these organizations. Paul will fulfill that role. We have also been concerned about ways we can help our alumni identify with and support both BYU and our college. Consistent with this concern we have taken steps to reorganize our Management Society and to connect that society with our National Advisory Council. From now on, every School of Management graduate will automatically become a Management Society member. Under NAC direction, chapters of the society are being organized in major cities around the country. The objective is to provide professional contact, stimulation, and support for our alumni and friends. Eventually, every graduate from the School of Management-in any part of the nation-will find a Management Society group that will provide him or her with a support system. Hank Marcheschi, vice-chairman of the NAC, is responsible for growth of Management Society chapters. The society is open to all-it is not a fund-raising organization. We feel that if we provide a real service, financial support to the college will be a natural consequence. Because of the increased enrollment pressures, the Institute of Business Management has initiated a controlled admissions program. Students must demonstrate a certain level of scholarship in order to be admitted into a major in business management. To provide management training for the man y nonbusiness students on campus interested in a career in management, we are planning a management program for nonmajors. The program will consist of general undergraduate business classes along with guidance counseling so that students can gain exposure to business management or human resource development. Along with an increased emphasis in continuing education programs in management, our college proposes to provide training to others besides the full-time, on-campus student. Through our Executive MBA and Administrative Management programs, we hope to provide graduate-level management training opportunities for people around the state. We are pleased with the number of women who are selecting our college as a place for study. Recently the women in our various graduate programs have organized a social unit to provide intellectual stimulation and support to each other. We continue to attract a number of highly qualified foreign students. Through a working relationship with the BYU-Hawaii campus, we provide assistance for qualified students who complete their undergraduate work there to pursue graduate study here. When we help these people return to their countries with solid graduate training, we fee l we are making a major contribution to the person, the Church, and to the country of origin. We are pleased with honors received and professional growth of our faculty (see pages 15-17 for high- lights). A strong, active, motivated faculty is the greatest resource our college has to offer students, the Church, and the world. We will continue to upgrade our faculty through opportunities in research, professional development, and course development. The mission of the School of Management is to train the leaders of tomorrow. Our progress with physical facilities, school organization, faculty growth, and student quality indicate that we are making positive steps to fulfill that mission.

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