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Q&A:
Alan White, Senior Associate Dean Emeritus

Alan White, Senior Associate Dean Emeritus

You graduated from the Sloan Fellows Program in 1971.
What is your favorite memory from your time as a student?

I lived in Lexington during my time in the Sloan Fellows Program, and a group of us commuted to the School together. My favorite memory was something we dreamed up during those car rides—an informal dinner series with faculty.

The four of us would invite a faculty member to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, and our goal was to get to know them as people, understanding their personal and professional lives. Among the faculty we dined with were Ed Schein, Dick Robinson, Dave Kolb, and Tom Magnanti.

Not too long after graduating, you returned to join the administrative team of the School. What made you come back?

Two years after graduation, Bill Pounds asked me to return to MIT Sloan. I thought it would be a good move for one year; I doubted that I’d be there longer than one year... .

Many things kept me here, but there are three specific ones: the environment, the opportunity, and the people. The working environment at the School was a big surprise to me. If you worked hard and did your work well, you were granted tremendous freedom to create, lead, and innovate.

MIT Sloan offers a continuous opportunity to learn and grow. Over the course of my time here, I have held many different roles—senior associate dean, MIT faculty member, senior lecturer, Sloan Fellows Program director, director of placement, and director of admissions. Finally, my colleagues were, and are, extraordinary.

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