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Carolyn Gerber, Operations Coordinator for Olin Business School, is retiring Sept. 8 after nearly a quarter of a century at Washington University. Colleagues and friends gathered for a send-off breakfast Sept. 7 in her honor.

Gerber has been at Washington University since 1993 and with Olin since 2007. She has provided great support to both Operations and General Services.

“Many of you have benefited from the customer service Carolyn has provided over the years,” said Tim Rogan, Director of Facilities and Operations at Olin. “From planning events, scheduling rooms, keys, access control, telephones, housekeeping needs, safety issues, etc., Carolyn is truly a valuable employee, and we will be sorry to see her go.”

Gerber plans to spend more time with her young grandchildren in retirement.

Best wishes, Carolyn, from all your friends at Olin.



I am pleased to announce that staff member, Elaine McClary, is the recipient of the Christine Hatina Award, presented annually for outstanding and exemplary administrative service. Elaine provides executive support to Dean Mark Taylor. During the last year, she also provided support to Dean Gupta and Dean Dirks. In addition, she is in contact with just about every faculty member during the year.  There aren’t many staff members who can say that! As you might imagine, she’s a very busy Olin employee.

Elaine joined the Dean’s Office in August of 1999, initially as Olin’s faculty recruiting coordinator and became the Dean’s assistant in 2006. She will be retiring in June.


Elaine McClary

Elaine is a consummate professional with a can-do attitude and a big smile for everyone she sees in the Dean’s Office and around campus.  It comes as no surprise that she has been nominated numerous times since the award’s inception in 2013.

I’m also pleased to note that many deserving staff members received nominations this year, which made for a difficult decision by the committee.

Elaine receives a plaque and a monetary award. There will also be a reception held in her honor on a date to be determined in May. All faculty and staff will be invited to attend.

For her exemplary service, please join me in congratulating Elaine McClary, Christine Hatina Award recipient.

Chris Hatina

Chris Hatina

Named for a former staff member and funded by the Olin faculty, this award is presented to the Olin non-management administrative staff member who exemplifies the attributes displayed by Christine Hatina in providing outstanding administrative service to the Olin Business School faculty. Chris Hatina was a member of our Dean’s Office staff for many years. Tragically, she passed away in 2012 at the age of 47. Each year, faculty members nominate outstanding candidates and the winner is determined by committee.


Guest Blogger: Sandy Vaughn, Senior Manager of Faculty Support, Olin Business School

USA Today, July 13, 2014: “Retirement saving makes one wealthy, healthy”
Workers who are saving for retirement are more inclined to take care of their health than those who aren’t salting away money in their nest egg, according to a study conducted by Lamar Pierce, an associate professor at Olin Business School at Washington University, and doctoral candidate Timothy Gubler. The reason has to do with something called time discounting – a person’s tendency to value smaller immediate rewards over future desired results. See also: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Business Insider, World Science, WUSTL News

Retirement saving makes one wealthy, healthy. USA Today, July 13, 2014.  Workers who are saving for retirement are more inclined to take care of their health than those who aren’t salting away money, according to a study conducted by Lamar Pierce, associate professor at Olin Business School and doctoral candidate Timothy Gubler. See also: The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Street.com, WUSTL News.

He’s been here for 42 years, so it’s hard to imagine Olin without him. But Jim Little says he’s retiring after a long career as professor of economics. Over 100 well-wishers turned out for a reception in Little’s honor at the Knight Center following a speech in which Little looked back and forward at the global economy. Former students, colleagues, Bob Virgil, and many others were among the attendees who toasted Little’s long career.

Colleagues, former students, and friends gathered in the Knight Center Dining Room to celebrate the career and retirement of Jim Little.

Little prefaced his speech with some fond and funny reminiscences. He told the audience, “I’ve been very lucky. I’ve benefited from outstanding leadership at both the University and the School. I’ve had wonderful colleagues who are really smart and dedicated to research and teaching. Perhaps, most of all, I’ve had wonderful students who I sometimes think taught me more than I taught them.”

Little holds his grandson.

Professor Little will be retiring from his role as the Donald Danforth, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business.  He joined the Washington University faculty in 1971 and served on the faculty of the Department of Economics until 1982, when he joined the faculty of the Olin School. From 1983-89, he served as associate dean for academic affairs. Professor Little also served as Academic Director of the Olin School’s EMBA Program and directed the School’s European Programs. While retiring from his full professorship, he will continue to serve as the Academic Director for Olin’s Executive MBA program in partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai.

Olin has established the “Jim Little Tribute Scholarship” to honor Professor Little’s legacy of educating students, and an Olin student will be awarded this scholarship next fall. To make a gift in support of this scholarship, please visit https://gifts.wustl.edu

Watch Little’s retirement presentation.