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June 2019

Dear Robins School Community:

Nancy Bagranoff

It has been a great privilege to serve as dean of the Robins School over the past nine years.  There have been many changes as our school has continued to grow and adapt to a world where technology and globalization are increasingly important.

Two issues to be addressed were top of mind when I began this journey. We needed to expand our professional development programs and offer our students more career services to ensure their competitiveness for top jobs in finance, accounting, marketing, and other areas of business and economics. We also needed to ‘right size’ our faculty. Class sizes had grown to a size that was not consistent with the mission of a private liberal arts university. We took many steps in my early years of leadership to resolve these issues and, while we continue to work on them, we also focused on other initiatives in our strategic plans.

Our Teacher-Scholar model is imperative to our success and we work constantly to find the right balance between great teaching and contributing to research and knowledge. We have also adapted our curriculum.  Technology is changing business and new skills are necessary. Our new concentration in Business Analytics is one way we are preparing our students for this new technology-driven business environment. We appreciate our unique position as a leading business school in a top liberal arts university, and have been working to make business knowledge accessible to all through our new Entrepreneurship minor, our Summer Business Institute, and the EY Innovation Lab. I would be remiss if I did not note that our MBA program has gone through many positive changes as well and continues to succeed in a most competitive landscape as a part-time MBA with all the bells and whistles of a high end, full-time program. 

There have been many more accomplishments of the Robins School over the past nine years, including two strategic plans, two successful AACSB Continuous Improvement Reviews, a new speaker series, the creation of an Alumni Hall of Fame, and so on. All of these initiatives are the accomplishments of a strong team of leaders in our school. I am grateful to our talented staff, our Associate Deans and Department Chairs, and the Teacher Scholars who are responsible for so much. Finally, I am grateful to our students. My focus has always been on them and providing them with the best business education possible. What we do at Richmond and in the Robins School is truly special and I look forward to contributing to this work and culture as a faculty member.

Nancy Bagranoff
Dean
Robins School of Business

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