According to an e-mail sent out to the Stern community, the undergraduate Dean of the Stern School of Business, Sally Blount, will leave NYU in July to become the Dean at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. Blount’s accomplishments include launching the Stern World Studies Track, as well as the Cohorts Program. She also reportedly scored the school’s first $15 million donation, so her departure will clearly leave a gaping hole in Stern’s academic and financial goals. Full press release after the jump. We wish Dean Blount good luck at Northwestern.
TO: THE STERN SCHOOL COMMUNITY
FROM: NYU President John Sexton, Provost David McLaughlin, and Stern Dean
RE: Bittersweet News about Our Friend and Colleague, Sally Blount
Today we are the bearers of bittersweet news: Sally Blount, Dean of Stern’s Undergraduate College since 2004, has been offered the Deanship of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a post she will accept effective July 15, 2010. It is always difficult to have someone so talented leave our midst – particularly someone who has been so fully a friend and a partner in our academic ambitions – but we are, of course, delighted for Sally, as this is a proper recognition of her enormous gifts.
This will be a homecoming of sorts for Sally: she completed both her MS and PhD degrees at the Kellogg School, and it was there that her passion for the study of management and organizations was first sparked. Additionally, it is a place where she marked significant personal milestones, having two of her children while a student there.
Over the last six years, Sally has taken on leadership roles both at Stern and at the University level, valued throughout the University for her wisdom, her energy and drive, and her tenacity in the pursuit of excellence.
As Dean of the Stern Undergraduate College, Sally transformed both the academic and co-curricular experiences, launching the Stern World Studies Track — the University’s first fully integrated, multi-semester global studies program — and creating the Cohorts Program, a community building program that spans the undergraduate experience. She secured the College’s first-ever $15M gift. And she envisioned and then led a complete renovation of the undergraduate facilities in Tisch Hall.
As advisor for global integration, she has played a leading and indispensible role in helping NYU build the academic and administrative infrastructure needed to realize our vision for building a global network university. She has also been an important member of the NYU Abu Dhabi team, leading the committee that designed key elements of its curriculum and taking responsibility for faculty recruiting in the social sciences.
And while taking on all these responsibilities, in the highest NYU tradition she has continued to make contributions as a teacher – teaching undergraduates in Stern’s Social Impact Core – and scholar.
In the coming weeks, we will be forming a dean’s search committee to identify the College’s next dean. As that committee’s work will likely take several months, we will appoint an interim dean to lead the College prior to Sally’s departure; we will communicate with you again with information on the interim dean and the membership of the search committee.
Sally is an outstanding scholar, educational leader, colleague, and University citizen. Please join us in thanking her for her dedicated service to NYU, and in congratulating her on her appointment at Kellogg. Northwestern is very lucky; we shall miss having her as member of the NYU community.