Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9

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.

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