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Dozens of Olin staff members gathered in the Frick Forum before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and quietly unfurled a banner that read, “Thank You, Dean Gupta.” Cameras were ready to capture the moment when an unsuspecting Dean Gupta would turn the corner and be greeted with a standing ovation and applause.

Surprsie thank you guptaIt all worked according to plan with careful plotting by the Staff Advisory Committee in cahoots with Elaine McClary, the dean’s assistant, and soon-to-be interim dean Kurt Dirks. A group photo taken with Dean Gupta was signed and presented to the outgoing dean at a reception held later in the day.

Click here to watch video captured from several angles in the Frick Forum.

Mahendra Gupta has served as dean of Olin since 2005. Kurt Dirks will serve as interim dean until December 1, 2016 when dean designate Mark P. Taylor arrives.


Lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion work; stewardship of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM)*; and intense focus and commitment to the cause of The Consortium at the university and corporate level—these traits mark the recipients of the organization’s 2016 service awards, granted at the 50th annual Orientation Program & Career Forum June 7 in St. Louis.

The Consortium awarded the Sterling H. Schoen Achievement Award to Dr. Mahendra Gupta, dean of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, who is stepping down from the post at the end of June to return to teaching.

In announcing the honor on June 7, Phil Miller, assistant dean for research programs at the Wisconsin School of Business of the University of Wisconsin, noted that “his students must love him in the classroom; they have awarded him the business school’s highest honor eight times since 2001. He has long been a friend of The Consortium as a faculty member and as dean and we are sorry to see him stepping down from that role.”

The Schoen award is named in honor of The Consortium’s founder and granted “to individuals in recognition of their courageous leadership and commitment in advancing the goal of equal opportunity for underrepresented minorities in American business.”

Aranda, Brown and Gupta receiving their awards at the Schoen Dinner on June 7, 2016.

Aranda, Brown and Gupta receiving their awards at the Schoen Dinner on June 7, 2016.

The Consortium awarded its Peter C. Thorp Leadership Award to Natalie Brown, senior vice president, enterprise campus diversity manager at Bank of America. She has been a steadfast supporter from her position at Bank of America and in her introduction, it was noted that she “actively promotes the company’s commitment to diversity, serving as a member of employee resource groups such as Charlotte LEAD for Women, Black Professionals Group and the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement.”

The Thorp award is named for the longest-serving member of The Consortium’s corporate advisory board and is awarded to individuals who, among other things, “shows evidence of generous financial support of MBA fellowships and evidence of leadership as a corporate champion of ethnic diversity.”

Finally, The Consortium awarded the Wallace L. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award to its executive director & CEO, Peter J. Aranda III, who has been associated with The Consortium for 31 years, since he was granted a fellowship to attend Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a volunteer alumnus frequently after receiving his MBA in 1987 and returned as its leader in 2003.

“I was fortunate to have served on the search committee that named him to his present position 13 years ago,” Miller said in his introduction. “When you read the criteria for this award, we quite honestly could not have chosen a more perfectly qualified recipient.”

The Jones award is given “to recognize an alumnus who has excelled or demonstrated commitment in: professional achievement; community involvement; mentoring; advancement of The Consortium’s mission; giving back of time, effort, and/or capital; and encouraging and inspiring future leaders.”

Guest Blogger: Kurt Greenbaum, CGSM Communications Director

*The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM) was founded in 1966 by Olin Prof. Sterling Schoen. Today, the CGSM is the premier national organization involved in promoting and helping gain access to graduate business education for historically underrepresented minorities. Through business school and corporate partnerships, the Consortium provides scholarships, mentoring, networking, internships, and career placement advice to each class of MBA fellows. 18 world class universities admit 400 CGSM students annually to MBA programs. Since its founding, CGSM schools have graduated more than 8,000 leaders to the benefit of businesses and communities around the world.

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) honored Dean Mahendra Gupta as Asian Executive of the Year on May 18th at Mandarin House Bouquet Hall in St. Louis. The annual AACC Connection Dinner recognizes individuals and businesses that make significant economic and community impact in the region. Other honors included the Connector of the Year award, given to former Sen. Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond.

Founded in 2011, the mission of the AACC of St. Louis is to build a community of Asian professionals, Asian business owners, and those engaging in business throughout Asia. Link to the AACC website.

Al Li, Olin EMBA alumnus and VP of Global Trade Finance at Regions Bank, is the current president of the AACC and oversaw the production of a video that was used to introduce Dean Gupta at the event. Click below to watch video.

Friends, family, faculty, students, and staff gathered to pay tribute to Dean Gupta April 29 and celebrate his decade as Olin’s leader. Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Provost Holden Thorp hosted the reception in the Frick Forum and Emerson Auditorium.

Many members of the Olin National Council were in attendance following their spring meeting held earlier in the day. The Provost reported that the search committee for a new Olin dean is on schedule and interviewing final candidates. A new dean is expected to be in place by July 1. Dean Gupta will return to teaching as the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management.

View gallery of the event (Photos by Jerry Naunheim):