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Letter from the Dean

David Schmittlein John C Head III DeanDavid Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean

Dear alumni and friends of MIT Sloan,

Five years ago this fall, I was honored to become the eighth dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and to join this extraordinary community. Reflecting back to those early months, I recall feeling energized and inspired by the School’s distinguished history and by the potential that the future held. I had great confidence that if we worked together, if we grew together, we would move rapidly toward the reinvention of the School’s three core characteristics: academic programming that offers customized value for leaders through all stages of their personal and professional lives; high-touch action learning within these programs; and the creation of knowledge that is valuable now and will stand the test of time.

Over the past five years, our world has experienced incredible political and economic upheaval. These are the times that call for principled, innovative leaders with the courage of well–found convictions—exactly the leaders we develop at MIT Sloan. I have watched with pride as our faculty, students, and alumni stimulate the thoughtful, sometimes controversial, but always principled change necessary. Their leadership is evidence of our School’s strength, growth, and positive future trajectory.

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