The end of the school year always brings with it the bittersweet sentiments of bidding farewell to graduating students but eagerly anticipating their successful and rewarding journeys that lie ahead. But this year is particularly noteworthy as we also say goodbye to the place that thousands of students, faculty and staff have called home for several decades. It would be an understatement to say the GSIA building and Posner Hall have served us well over the past 65 years, but we now turn our figurative and literal sights toward the center of campus and the opening of our new home in the Tepper Quad.
We have just begun the transition, and the Tepper School community will begin to settle into its new home at the Tepper Quad over the coming weeks, bringing to a close a project that began many years ago with the announcement of David Tepper’s generous $67 million gift.
The Tepper Quad brings us physically and intellectually to the center of campus, unifying the collaborative opportunities between the business school and Carnegie Mellon’s other academic world-class schools and colleges. Today’s business world is undergoing constant transformation through technological innovation, ubiquitous data and the power of analytics. We continue to build bridges with the rest of Carnegie Mellon University, uniquely positioning the Tepper School to provide intellectual leadership and interdisciplinary solutions for unprecedented business challenges.
The Tepper School has a strong ally for collaboration across campus in its new president, Farnam Jahanian. I have had the great pleasure to work closely with him over the past few years and am confident that he will do an exceptional job leading the university at this momentous time in its history.
In the coming months, the Tepper School will implement key aspects of its strategic plan, a transformative blueprint that positions the Tepper School as the leading business school at the intersection of business, technology and analytics. Indeed, our cover story in this issue highlights the Tepper School’s unique capacity for producing a new generation of business leaders primed for success in today’s dynamic and complex business environment. I hope you will enjoy it.
Thank you for all that you do in support of the Tepper School. I hope to see many of you this fall as we open the doors to our new home in the Tepper Quad.
Robert M. Dammon