The Future of Michigan Ross Is Bright


It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as Dean of Michigan Ross.

During my nine years at Ross, I have come to cherish our school, the University of Michigan community, and our special role in the world. With any major transition, opportunities to build and progress present themselves, and as dean, I commit myself to strengthening our legacy. Yet, I am fortunate that I make this transition during a time of positive momentum at Ross.

Our school and our community are strong.

Our academic degree programs are top ranked: our undergraduate program is ranked #1 in management, #2 in marketing, #3 in finance, and #4 overall (U.S. News); our MBA program has nine of 10 business disciplines ranked in the top 10 (U.S. News). Michigan Ross was recently named a Top Five Global Executive Education Provider by the Financial Times. Our community is vibrant and diverse — Michigan Ross is the only business school to receive the prestigious 2015 HEED Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Although the impact we make on the lives of our students can be measured in many ways, our career outcomes have never been stronger. Our alumni are incredible; we are #3 in The Economist’s global ranking of alumni effectiveness as rated by students.

Our strength derives in no small measure from the special purpose that drives us. Business is the most powerful force for economic and social change in the world, and we at Ross have the opportunity to develop the next generation of business leaders — leaders who have the confidence, capabilities, and connections to envision the future and enable others to achieve it.

In pursuit of this mission, we build on a tradition of excellence. For many years now, our research and ideas have shaped important conversations in business and beyond. Faculty at Ross - and throughout the University of Michigan - are among the world’s most productive. We hold more than 100 editorial positions at top academic journals in all business disciplines. Our centers, institutes, initiatives, and Executive Education programs have established Michigan Ross as a leader in thought and action.

Our curricular and co-curricular experiences provide a powerful platform for personal growth. We are unique in our commitment to experience-driven learning across all our degree programs: from our student-led investment funds that place millions of dollars of real capital in students’ hands; living business models that see our students establishing economically sustainable, ongoing healthcare organizations in areas of the world in need; to the BBA senior year capstone that places seniors in businesses tackling real business issues. In the coming year, we celebrate 25 years of our signature Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course -- which has been much emulated (though never duplicated) by our peers. We truly are leaders and best in business education.

The future of Michigan Ross is bright.

We will build on this momentum. We will reach for new heights in innovative, experience-driven education. We will see our thought leadership come alive in ideas that transform business and society. And we will do it together.

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be asking for your input and feedback at several community events both at Ross and around the world. Right here at Ross, I’ll be meeting often with faculty, staff, and students as we work to chart our future. Around the world, I’ll be meeting with alumni and community partners to share our successes, hear their dreams for Michigan Ross, and start working toward our shared vision of greatness.

In addition to these important events, I’ll be holding a live Q+A session on the Michigan Ross Facebook page in the next few weeks. I hope you’ll be able to join me.

Stay tuned for more details on these events.

It’s an exciting time at Michigan Ross. We are strong. Our future is bright. We are the Leaders and Best.

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Scott DeRue
  • Edward J. Frey Dean of Business
  • Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business
Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the Stephen M. Ross...