Great Business Schools Mirror the Business World
Michael G. Rippey BS'79
President and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA
“I will always appreciate my educational experiences, both formal and informal, from Kelley. The school offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the best faculty members in the nation who believe the best way to learn about the business world is to provide courses that mirror the business world."
Michael G. Rippey, BS’79, is president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, the world’s 39th largest company and the number one steel company on the planet. He’s well-acquainted with Kelley’s strengths, and is the driving force behind the company’s continued support of the Kelley School, both in private gifts and in hiring practices. Over the years, ArcelorMittal has been a generous donor to Kelley’s I-Core program, its Center for Global Sales Leadership, and has funded two faculty fellowships.
“It is in the best interest of corporations like ours to see that the outstanding curriculum and other programs offered by Kelley continue well into the future. I-Core, like its predecessors ‘A’ and ‘B’ Core, enables students to build strong interpersonal skills, which are essential in today’s business world,” says Rippey.
With over 300,000 employees in the world and 10,000 in Indiana alone, ArcelorMittal is always on the lookout for talented people. According to John Gerrard, staffing manager of ArcelorMittal USA, the company hires several top Kelley graduates each year. He is very impressed. “I’ve told recruiters that we can select pretty much among Kelley students in all majors and they will have the candle power, the brights, to do the job well,” he says. “Kelley students are very well prepared.”