As first â€˜James Keyes dean,' Linda Salchenberger
makes outreach a top priority
. . . ,Over time, business schools have learned they need to be both responsive and responsible.,
When Linda Salchenberger began this academic year as dean of Marquette University's College of Business Administration, she brought with her strong ideas on the importance of outreach to the business community.
Salchenberger left Northwestern University in Chicago to accept the position of dean at Marquette because of the university's stature in the academic community and alumni base.
Both of these aspects provide opportunities for outreach to the business community, one of Salchenberger's primary goals as dean.
hopes to achieve her
goal through programs and partnerships that allow students to have closer connections with area businesses and also allow businesses to give faculty input on the types of skills they want in prospective employees.
An extension of such outreach would be increased visibility of the college, joint ventures with businesses and increased fundraising, Salchenberger
The college has 67 full-time faculty members, 1,567 undergraduates and 687 graduate students.
With outreach, "you start at home, but I'm also interested in looking regionally, nationally and internationally," Salchenberger
"Some alumni have already indicated opportunities, as they expand their businesses internationally, to provide education."
The college has an international business major and 25 percent of students study abroad.
To encourage such studies, Salchenberger
is leading an internal discussion on a potential partnership with a school in Asia for a student exchange program that would allow students to learn about the financial systems in other countries.
Local business input
has been meeting with representatives from area companies, such as Brady Corp.
and Kohl's Corp.
, about internships, case studies, networking and business input for academic program development.
outreach ideas were one aspect Marquette's search committee found especially appealing.
Salchenberger is Marquette's first "James Keyes dean," a position created in November 2007 and funded by a donation from James Keyes, the retired chairman of Johnson Controls Inc. who has strong ties to Marquette.
In the spring, Salchenberger
will create a process for faculty members to apply for funding.
In awarding funds, she
will look for projects that have new ideas on research and integrating material into the curriculum in areas such as corporate and social responsibility, she
Promotes women in business
Salchenberger, 59, is the first Keyes dean and the college's first female dean.
also was the only woman in her
Ph.D. cohort class at Northwestern University
Based on such experiences, Salchenberger
has chosen to be active in promoting science, math and business careers for women.
Through Loyola University
in Chicago, she
held three summer Web camps for young girls between 2003 and 2005, and participated in career awareness events at high schools.
also worked with women entrepreneurs in Chicago to help them start their own businesses.
Through Loyola's Center for Information Management and Technology
and a partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum
, a Chicago entrepreneurship outreach organization, Salchenberger
provided programs for women on issues such as leadership, overcoming gender bias, and how to raise capital for a business.
start in business education, Salchenberger
has seen the business community evolve.
"Over time, business schools have learned they need to be both responsive and responsible," she
"Responsive to the needs of business — I've watched the gap
between the academy and the business community narrow — and responsible to make sure we graduate students with great technology and leadership skills and who are socially responsible.
Everyday we see stories about ethical issues that affect all of us.
It's our job to develop ethics (in students) early on."