Ross MBA Student Selected as a McGowan Fellow

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Full-time MBA student named one of 10 fellows nationwide in philanthropic program that helps promote positive leadership.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today that second-year MBA student Alexander Munns has been named the school’s 2014-2015 McGowan Fellow. This elite program is sponsored by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a philanthropic family foundation established to honor William G. McGowan, the former CEO of MCI.  The program creates a select community of highly talented, emerging business leaders who are dedicated to ethical leadership and service.  The fund partners with 10, top-tier university business programs, with each school selecting one fellow annually.

At Michigan Ross, Alex's focus of study is healthcare management.  He was elected Section Representative of the Ross Leadership Council and is Vice President of the Healthcare Life Sciences Symposium.  He also sits on the board of Out for Business, the Ross LGBT student association.  Additionally, he serves as an advisor to the Michigan Institute for Medical Innovation. 

Prior to Ross, Alex held positions in the nonprofit, education and healthcare sectors.  He worked in South Africa with Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit that uses soccer to teach children about HIV prevention, and taught history as a Teach for America Corps Member in Chicago. Most recently, he worked in strategy consulting, supporting clients to commercialize novel, life-extending therapies.  This summer, Alex is interning at Baxter Bioscience in the oncology commercialization area.  After earning his MBA, he plans to continue working in healthcare strategy, either in a product development or commercialization role, or as an external advisor.

Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University. He earned All-Ivy League honors as a varsity soccer player at Yale and has played professional soccer in Argentina, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

McGowan partner schools are:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
  • Columbia University, Columbia School of Business
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

William G. McGowan’s commitment to ethical leadership and the betterment of society has shaped the fund’s mission to impact lives, create sustainable change, and empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential. Since its founding, the fund has distributed more than $100 million in grants.

Visit www.williamgmcgowanfund.org to find out more about the McGowan Charitable Fund.  To learn more about Michigan Ross, visit our website: www.michiganross.umich.edu. Connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/michiganross and follow us on Twitter: @MichiganRoss.

About Stephen M. Ross School of Business  

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who will make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action-based learning, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

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