Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

01/20/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/20/2020 11:12

Looking Outward, Listening Closely: A Conversation with Tuck Dean Matthew Slaughter


Looking ahead, what are some of your top priorities for the next four years?

When I think about priorities as dean, it always starts with the heart of what we do, which is the MBA program. Making near- and longer-term investments that enable the MBA program and our other offerings to thrive in a way that is distinctive to Tuck and that resonates with our ever-changing world is absolutely critical to our success. Simply put, no other school can do what we do at Tuck. Our personal scale allows students to develop capabilities and forge connections within our community and with the outside world in a way that allows them to transform themselves, their organizations, and even the world itself. This is what we mean by 'personal, connected, and transformative.' It all adds up to an experience I firmly believe no other MBA program in the world can match.

Another priority for Tuck will be to continue developing new business education programs in the pre- and post-MBA space. These programs help advance our unique mission, they contribute to the school's finances, and they broaden our reach and impact in the world. A third priority is continuing the momentum of The Tuck Difference campaign. I am thrilled with the progress we have made so far; to date alumni and friends have raised more than $184.5 million toward our goal of $250 million. Included in this Tuck's largest-ever gift to endow our vibrant TuckGO program. This support is more important than ever given the pace and scope of change in the world, and I am excited to build on our collective success.

No matter where someone stands in our school, I want them to see clearly their role in our mission of educating wise, decisive leaders who better the world through business.'

- Dean Matthew Slaughter


The needs of MBA students continue to evolve. How are today's MBA students different from learners in previous generations?

For our current generation of students, their world has been shaped by 9/11, by the financial crisis and Great Recession, by the sweeping technology revolution, and by global warming and climate change. Out of this has emerged a set of interconnected global, social, and technological forces that is more salient in the minds and experiences of students today than with any previous generation.

Also top of mind for these students is the expectation that they will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in experiential settings. We are living in a world today in which people have access to truly infinite amounts of information. So, while we at Tuck must continue to ensure that our students develop the functional expertise, analytical skills, and personal leadership capabilities that are essential to their success, the way we deliver these ideas and how students interact with them continues to evolve dramatically. Both today's learners and companies rightly expect that there won't just be an intellectual hearing of ideas among students, but rather a synthesis, application, and experience with them. This underscores the importance of programs like TuckGO, the First-Year Project, and our six co-curricular centers of learning and application.

Finally, we are seeing that students today have an even greater entrepreneurial aspiration for their learning and career journey than previous generations. They also have an earnest desire to make a difference in the world-and they want it to happen yesterday. This again connects to the global, social, and technological forces that are driving business today and that are so central to our students' lives. That's something we want to honor by delivering a personal, connected, and transformative educational experience for them. We want them to feel empowered.