Jorge Haddock Installed as Dean of SOM

Posted: April 5, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: April 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

By Jennifer Edgerly

Jorge Haddock spoke during the investiture ceremony. Creative Services photo

As part of a daylong celebration that took place on March 31, Jorge Haddock was officially installed as the sixth dean of Mason’s School of Management (SOM).

The day began with an investiture ceremony, a traditional academic ceremony commemorating the beginning of the tenure of a new dean.

Before Haddock took his oath of office, Mason faculty members, students and members of the business community gave speeches that focused on the value of a business school education as well as the challenges facing business schools today.

“The business world of today is a world where some people believe a free market economy is in danger. It is under constant attack,” said Haddock during his inaugural speech.

“However, this provides a tremendous opportunity for business schools. As business schools, we can collectively add value (to the free market economy) by instilling a heightened sense of personal and corporate social responsibility in our students and in our business partners.”

Following the investiture, Haddock was joined by a distinguished group of individuals for a panel discussion on global business education.

Moderated by President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade James Dinegar, the panel included:

  • Ian Carter, president, global operations, Hilton Worldwide
  • George Daly, dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Richard Durand, dean, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Walt Havenstein, chief executive officer, SAIC
  • Susan Phillips, dean, School of Business, The George Washington University

The panel discussion included several deans of area business schools, as well as business executives. Creative Services photo

Panelists were challenged to answer questions such as, what steps can educational institutions take to fulfill the demand for management education?; what are the top three global challenges facing management education today?; and are business schools doing enough to ensure that students aren’t educated in silos but instead receive a well round educational experience?

“As our economy and business operations continue to become more global, opportunities for business school graduates abound. However, many U.S. companies are having trouble meeting the globalization demands,” said Haddock.

“As educators, we need to not only instill in our students the fundamentals of a business education, but also train them to be critical thinkers. Creating an awareness and understanding of cultural differences and global business practices allows our students to enter the workforce ready to lead.”

Haddock also pointed out that now, more than ever, government is influencing the way businesses operate, and that business schools, especially those in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, need to take advantage of the proximity of the federal government.

Other panelists echoed this sentiment, with many pointing out that there is a need for government and university partnerships as well as more industry and university partnerships.

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