While the first 100 days of the newly minted dean augur well for Kellogg, there is still much work to be done at a school that has lost momentum, if not its edge, among the business school elite.
By John A. Byrne, contributor
During her first 100 days as dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount's calendar looked like the schedule of a politician in the heat of a race.
She met with alums and supporters in Boston, Minneapolis, Montreal, and Washington, D.C. She worked alumni gatherings at Chicago's Lyric Opera House and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Temple of Dandur was bathed in purple light (Kellogg's color). Blount held her own on a National Public Radio show on MBA education with fellow deans at Harvard and Berkeley.
And in this age of social media, the 48-year-old dean managed to knock out 18 posts on a blog that cataloged her first 100 days, complete with photos she took with her iPhone.
Blount shared such personal details as dropping her youngest son, Cameron, off to college for his freshman year and noting that her college-age daughter, Haley, had to be rushed to the operating room for an emergency appendectomy.
The goal: to introduce herself to Kellogg's key stakeholders and to build confidence and excitement about the school's future. More
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