Thursday, July 14, 2011

Congratulations Dean Ortalo-Magné

Please join us in welcoming Wisconsin Real Estate's own François Ortalo-Magné as the new dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. The announcement came on Friday July 8. Ortalo-Magné, Robert E. Wangard Professor and chair of the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will begin his new role as the Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business on September 1. Visit the school's website for the full announcement and more information. Here are a few quotes from the official announcement:

“I am convinced the Wisconsin School of Business is capable of greatness. And we do not have a choice,” says Ortalo-Magné. “We must respond to the globalization of higher education and the revolution in information technologies. I am excited about the opportunity to lead our school, building on our values and the strength of our specializations, renewing and reinventing how we partner with the world and colleagues around campus.”

“François has the intellectual energy and ambition to help the School of Business reach new levels,” says UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin. “I am impressed by his work on the international front and am confident that he will consolidate and enhance the gains made under Mike Knetter’s leadership."

The Financial Times carried news of the announcement on Monday, "Wisconsin-Madison appoints Ortalo-Magné as next dean."

And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a profile, "UW-Madison names new business school dean," including comments from Bill Malkasian, president of the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

"He sees no boundaries. He certainly understands the world. ...He brings a global perspective."

Congratulations to François and on Wisconsin!

UPDATED 7.15.11

BusinessWeek reported today "Wisconsin Gets a New B-School Dean." Read the article here.

UW's Daily Cardinal also writes ("Ortalo-Magné named B-School dean") that Ortalo-Magné:

intends to strengthen leadership within the business school, continue to learn about how the school functions, and build relationships with other business school deans.

Ortalo-Magné said it is imperative for the business school to respond to worldwide changes in information technologies and higher education, and he looks forward to helping it do so.

Photo: Valerie Caviness

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