Penn State Smeal College Dean To Retire After 12 Years

Charles Whiteman, the John and Karen Arnold dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business, will retire from Penn State, effective next June. Penn State photo

From State College, Pennsylvania: Charles H. Whiteman, John and Karen Arnold Dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business, will retire at the end of June 2024 following 12 years of service to the college and university.

“The Smeal College of Business has experienced tremendous growth and transformation over the last dozen years thanks to Dean Whiteman’s leadership,” Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz says. “In particular, he has refocused the college’s offerings, especially its online degree and certificate programs at the graduate level, to meet learners where they are and make the college a source of lifelong learning for business professionals. It is because of his vision that the college is well prepared for continued success and a bright future under a new leader. I want to thank Chuck for his many years of service and dedication to Penn State and wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Schwartz said a national search will soon commence to identify Whiteman’s successor, with the university intending to have a new dean in place by summer 2024 to allow for a seamless leadership transition.

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Hult International Business School partners with performance booster company Mindflick

From Boston: Hult International Business School has announced a new partnership with high-performance coaching and performance psychology organization Mindflick. The collaboration allows Hult’s full-time MBA students access to Mindflick’s cutting-edge individual and team performance tool, which was honed for more than 25 years in the world of high-performance sports

Mindflick’s philosophy is based on the belief that people need psychological adaptability to thrive in a constantly changing world. Its tools have been developed based on decades of work with elite athletes including Olympians, Paralympians, Formula 1 drivers, and Premier League footballers.

“At Hult, we go beyond teaching business knowledge—helping students to develop the capabilities, awareness, and adaptability that they’ll need in the workplace,” says Hult President Matt Lilley. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to help our students improve, and we are thrilled to be the first global business school to work with Mindflick to increase both the self-awareness and collaboration skills of our full-time MBA students. Enabling them to expertly work alongside one another while also tapping their individual potential will be invaluable to their careers, and their lives.”

Some 300 full-time MBA students at Hult campuses in Boston, London, Dubai, and San Francisco are actively using the Mindflick Spotlight tool.

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ESCP Business School works with Better Futures+ to assess carbon footprint of London campus

From London: Financial Times-ranked ESCP Business School’s London Campus has joined the Better Futures+ initiative and successfully calculated its carbon footprint. This is part of the school’s effort to lower its emissions and support the London Borough of Camden in achieving its net zero goal by 2030.

In September 2022, ESCP Business School launched the carbon emissions calculation project to establish its baseline in all of its five European campuses, from which it will create a reduction strategy to halve its emissions by 2030.

In London, ESCP set up the Social Impact and Sustainability Committee, which oversees the project delivered by the ESCP London Green Office and the Lighthouse student society. It gathered the data across departments and transferred the final data into the Climate Essentials carbon management tool. It is also currently having an external audit performed to verify this data and the other campuses.

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