Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
London Business School | Mr. Indian Banking Leader
GMAT 750, GPA 3.32
Stanford GSB | Mr. Pizza For Breakfast
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
MIT Sloan | Mrs. Company Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Cross-Border
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Career Change
GMAT Have yet to take. Consistent 705 on practice tests., GPA 3.5
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Safety Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7

The New Faculty Faces At The Top Business Schools

Lalin Anik

Virginia Darden Assistant Professor, Lalin Anik. Photo courtesy of Virginia Darden

When Lalin Anik was growing up she wanted to be a professional athlete. To be clear, this wasn’t like the uncoordinated kid bouncing the basketball off his foot in the 4th grade YMCA League. Anik was good. For more than a decade she competed for the Turkish National Swim Team in her native Istanbul. She won championships and set national records and, indeed, she was a professional swimmer for two decades.

But for all of that talent, swimming wasn’t enough to keep Anik engaged. So she simultaneously romanticized visions of working in marine biology. As a self-proclaimed chronic question asker, the thought of swimming next to whales and dolphins and learning about how they tick seemed like an ideal life path.

While she was in high school, she “stalked” Dan Rittschof, a marine biologist at Duke University. Eventually he invited her to the North Carolina-based campus before she started college to study crustaceans and crabs alongside him. “I realized I hated that,” Anik says, chuckling. “There were no whales. It was doing lab work and tagging crabs and looking at their migration patterns—nothing to do with my dream.” Also, not very exciting for a 16-year-old.

Anik didn’t dream of becoming a business school professor as a child—what kid does? But when Virginia’s Darden School of Business hired her as an assistant professor this year, that’s what she became. And her story is not uncommon to the 140 other newly hired graduate-level faculty at the Poets&Quants top 25 schools. While some are newly minted doctors of philosophy and others were astute veterans hired away from rival schools, many followed a path of trial and error before ending up instructing some of the best business minds in the world.