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2021 Report to Investors

Letter From the Dean

Dean Samba

I feel incredibly fortunate to be leading a business school with a community that cares deeply about supporting its reputation. When I started as dean, the Wisconsin School of Business had just exceeded its $200 million fundraising goal as part of the All Ways Forward campaign. It was my privilege to lead you on a victory lap, and you responded tremendously.

Even though we only just concluded the campaign at the end of 2021, we can already see your gifts at work. Demand for our programs is at an all-time high. In the last five years, we have launched nine new degrees. Our faculty has grown by 15 percent, ushering in outstanding expertise in emerging disciplines. We are removing barriers to access, and we helped our students navigate the pressures of the pandemic. We are working hard to be a more welcoming place for all learners, and we are delighted to see the increasingly diverse backgrounds of our student population.

We put together this commemorative version of our Report to Investors to give you a look at the progress you have enabled through the campaign and learn more about the people you are supporting. I look forward to more opportunities to share stories of your impact in the years to come.

It is truly a rewarding experience for me to partner with our donors, finding ways big and small to build and innovate programs, prepare students, and support our faculty and staff. I hope the experience is just as rewarding for you. Thank you for partnering with us.

On, Wisconsin!

Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy
Albert O. Nicholas Dean
Wisconsin School of Business