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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,

This academic year has been extraordinary. Across the campus and around the globe, our community has gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of management education at MIT. Reflecting together on our history, we have developed a growing sense of excitement for what our future holds. We have also defined our responsibility to one another and to future generations of MIT Sloan—we must sustain and protect our very worthy mission as MIT’s School of Management.

This issue of MIT Sloan offers excellent examples of how we sustain our mission. We recruit outstanding faculty who develop the ideas and insights that change the world, such as energy economist Christopher Knittel. We attract and admit talented, innovative, and passionate students like the Bala brothers. In the interview with Professor Edward Roberts, we trace the career of an amazing thought leader and successful entrepreneur who has mentored thousands of MIT students.

You, our alumni, protect our mission by investing your time and philanthropic efforts in the School. Our Annual Fund is on track to break all previous records. The MBA student class gift total has already surpassed its previous high mark. We have a record number of alumni coming back to campus to take part in reunion and the concluding celebration of our centennial year. Similarly, this year more of you attended MIT Sloan events and programming than ever before.

As we conclude this centennial year, please join me in recommitting to our School, with renewed passion for what we can accomplish together today and in the future.

Warm regards,
David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean