50 Business School Deans Supporting Immigration Reform

Some 50 business school deans have signed on to an Oct. 15th letter addressed to President Donald Trump and other leaders in Washington, D.C, to make it easier for skilled immigrants to come to the U.S. and stay here through work visas. All 50 agree with a newly released white paper that current anti-immigration rhetoric and policies are harming the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. (see B-School Deans Take A Stand On Immigration).

GMAC White Paper on immigration policy

Among the business deans supporting pro-immigration policies for skilled immigrants are those at Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Cornell, and Dartmouth as well as Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina. Yet, noticeably absent from the signatories are the deans of two of the most prominent business schools in the U.S., Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Both HBS Dean Nitin Nohria and Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett, immigrants to the U.S. from India and Australia, respectively, are missing in action.

Bill Boulding, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business who has led the initiative as chair of the Graduate Management Admission Council, has been actively seeking signatures for roughly one month and expects more to sign on. “I never heard a response that said we disagree with the sentiments or the ideas behind what you are trying to accomplish,” insists Boulding. “But what I can say is that every university has different policies around how you approve of these public statements and whether that is something that should be done by a dean or a university president. Some people may still be considering and working through their universities for permission rights so I don’t expect that what you see now will be the list in two weeks. I expect those numbers to grow over time.”

Here are the 50 deans who signed the statement:

  1. Andrew Ainslie, Simon Business School, University of Rochester
  2. Paul Almeida, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  3. Eugene W. Anderson, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
  4. Arjang Assad, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  5. Antonio Bernardo, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  6. Bill Boulding, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  7. Peter Brews, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
  8. Jeffrey R. Brown, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  9. Frank Buckless, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University
  10. Bob Camp, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  11. Anne Carroll, College of Business at Kutztown University, Kutztown University
  12. Kerwin Charles, Yale School of Management, Yale University
  13. Vivek Choudhury, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
  14. Martha J. Crawford, PhD, Jack Welch College of Business & Technology, Sacred Heart University
  15. Robert Dammon, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  16. Scott DeRue, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  17. Sanjay Gupta, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
  18. Kevin Hallock, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
  19. Jay Hartzell, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
  20. Ann Elizabeth Harrison, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  21. Frank Hodge, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
  22. David Hummels, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
  23. Charles Iacovou, School of Business, Wake Forest University
  24. Erika James, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  25. M. Eric Johnson, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
  26. Eli Jones, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
  27. Idalene Kesner, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  28. John Kraft, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
  29. Stefanie Ann Lenway, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
  30. Jonathan Levin, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  31. Costis Maglaras, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
  32. Stephen L. Mangum, Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  33. Sharon Matusik, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder
  34. Susan McTiernan, Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, Roger Williams University
  35. Anuj Mehrotra, School of Business, The George Washington University
  36. Jacqueline R. Mozrall, Saunders School of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
  37. Matthew Myers, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
  38. Mark W. Nelson, PhD, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
  39. Donna Rapaccioli, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
  40. Keith Rollag, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College
  41. Marc Rubin, Farmer School of Business, Miami University
  42. Douglas Shackelford, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
  43. Matthew Slaughter, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  44. Ira Solomon, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
  45. David Souder, School of Business, University of Connecticut
  46. Raghu Sundaram, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  47. Paul Tesluk, University at Buffalo School of Management, The State University of New York
  48. Dr. Richard D. White, Jr., E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University
  49. Charles H. Whiteman, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
  50. Sri Zaheer, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.