Dean's Welcome

Welcome from the interim dean

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said the only constant is change.

That is certainly true in the business world, even in the best of times. The last few years have seen accelerated change. Business leaders and entrepreneurs have had to re-imagine their businesses, to market and deliver their products and services differently, to think innovatively about what’s next, and to learn to be nimble in a constant state of transition.

At the Kelley School of Business, we don't just teach you how to navigate change, we prepare you to drive it. Our innovative curriculum is built on personal development, teamwork, and experiential learning with an emphasis on global and social responsibility. We help you recognize opportunity where others see chaos and confusion. We help you create momentum, and we connect you to the right people through networking, coaching, and mentoring to help you find your own true success.

Our broad portfolio is built on more than 100 years of business education with groundbreaking programming and initiatives that have made Kelley an innovative leader among business schools. Kelley was among the first to use an integrated-core curricula, the first Top 20 business school to develop an online MBA program, and the first to establish industry-focused immersion and networking groups, such as our Full-Time MBA Academies and our Undergraduate Workshops, as part of the curricula. Kelley also developed a gaming program that helps students navigate ethics-based decisions and offers comprehensive mental wellness programming that has been used as a model for other business schools.

Our approach is not "one size fits all." With a variety of majors, minors, certificates, and specialized degree programs, you can create a career path that capitalizes on your interests and your strengths, whether you're just starting out, switching careers, or positioning yourself for a leadership role. With special emphasis on global experiences, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurial thinking, and societal impact, a Kelley education provides students with opportunities for real leadership experience developing solutions for critical business issues in our communities and worldwide.

Our success is reflected in our reputation among our academic peers, our career placement statistics and the support of our hiring companies. In addition, all of our major programs are ranked in the Top 20, including our No. 1–ranked Kelley Direct Online MBA and MS Programs.

With more than 126,000 living alumni working at thousands of companies around the globe, Kelley has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. Our alumni come back often to recruit Kelley students for their companies, sit on career panels, speak to student groups, and host networking events. These connections help us maintain an experiential learning environment for our students, and they allow our students and faculty to explore current business topics with executives, create a culture of networking, and develop opportunities for companies to help grow the next generation of leaders.

If you want to learn more about our innovative education experience, I encourage you to visit our beautiful main campus at Indiana University in Bloomington, our IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis, or contact the admissions representatives for our academic programs.

Ash Soni, MBA’79, DBA’81
Interim Dean
The SungKyunKwan Professor
Professor of Operations & Decision Technologies

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