School of dating dean
“I thought they would go outside and said to myself, ‘Why muck around with this?I don’t want to end my career failing, and it’s pretty easy to fail as a dean.’ Then, we had three finalists for the job and for whatever reason, none of them pushed the ball over the goal line.” Bucked up by his wife, Cheryl, and a couple of faculty members, he finally decided to go for it, still thinking that if the university president decided to keep the search open, he would just forget about it.Both deans never sought the spotlight, instead preferring to do the hard work necessary to recruit top faculty and students and put them in an environment where they could do their best work. His father ran a gourmet grocery story in downtown Chicago in the 1950s while his mother was a homemaker.“They had a 30-foot fish counter and I worked in the produce department in the summers,” remembers Jiambalvo.
The 20 teams finished their seasons as Class AAA State Runner-up.
Yet another building, the 100,000- square-foot Founders Hall will debut in 2021. Today, Foster is only one of eight public institutions in the Top 25.
The school has hired more than 50 new faculty during his deanship, with average teaching ratings that are at all-time highs when nearly half of the school’s 85-person strong research faculty serve on the editorial review boards of top journals. OUR 2018 DEAN OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO JIM JIAMBALVO For the extraordinary job done by this unassuming academic, is naming Jiambalvo its Dean of the Year.
Foster’s ‘Current Be Boundless Campaign’ has raised over 0 million from more than 12,000 donors, on the heels of another campaign that collected 1 million in donations from 13,000 donors. He is the eighth dean to gain this honor, earned in the past by the leaders of Harvard Business School, the Yale School of Management, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and IE Business School in Spain.
Under his leadership, moreover, the school has experienced an unprecedented rise in rankings prestige. Today, Foster’s full-time MBA ranking is 21st best in the U. on Poets&Quants’ composite list, placing 16th in Businessweek, 22nd in U. Much like the legendary Don Jacobs, the professor who guided the Kellogg School to new heights and became the most influential business school dean of his generation, Jiambalvo has quietly yet very consciously led Foster on a mission to become the best public business school in the nation.
When the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business began searching for a new leader after the abrupt departure of its dean, Jim Jiambalvo was not exactly enthused about the job.