Dean's Update September 2012

Three programs ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News

Three Marquette Business undergraduate programs have been ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the college was ranked 87 among “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.”

As part of its annual “Best Colleges” rankings, U.S. News ranks the nation’s best undergraduate business programs, as well as business specialty programs. The college was recognized for top specialty programs in accounting, finance and supply chain management. Finance is ranked 17, up one spot from last year, and supply chain management is ranked 16, the same as last year. Accounting is ranked for the first time at 23.

For more information about Marquette Business' top-ranked programs, visit their websites:

Supply Chain Management


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Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship names first Faculty Fellow

Marquette Business’ Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship has named McGee Young, associate professor of political science, its first Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow for 2012. The newly created Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow Program is designed to provide Marquette faculty with the opportunity to purse an entrepreneurial enterprise, focus their research and teaching on entrepreneurship, and share their experiences with students across campus in support of the goals of the Kohler Center.

Northwestern Mutual CEO to speak at Business Leaders Forum

John Schlifske, chairman and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual, will deliver the keynote speech at Marquette Business’ annual Business Leaders Forum luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Established in 1999, the Business Leaders Forum is a speaker series that provides a setting for nationally recognized business leaders to engage in discussions and interact with students, faculty and local business leaders.



Cheryl Maranto, chair and professor of management, commented on the Chicago Public Schools teacher strike, saying strikes are fraught for many reasons, including the current political climate and declining support for unions.

Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, commented on the center's latest manufacturing index, which showed the industry fell in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois in August.

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, explained why gas prices have risen with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, stating that a number of refineries along the gulf coast, which account for 16 to 20 percent of the total gas supply in the U.S., have been closed.

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on why the Midwest matters so much to grain production, citing soil and weather conditions as major factors.



Fed policy and inflation

Alumnus Jim Bianco weighs in on the U.S. economy

Marquette Business alumnus James Bianco is president of Bianco Research, LLC, an Arbor Research & Trading, LLC, affiliate. Since November 1990, he has been producing fixed income commentaries with a circulation of hundreds of portfolio managers and traders. Bianco produces unique and original insights into movements in the financial markets and has been a featured speaker at many investment conferences. He is regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, The National Review, Euromoney and Grant's Interest Rate Observer, in addition to the Dow Jones, Reuters, Knight-Ridder and Associated Press newswires.







Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.