Catching Up with Fred Jacobs
After 35 glorious years on the Carlson School of Management faculty - the last 29 as Director of Graduate Studies for the MBT program - I retired effective June 2007. I miss the day–to-day interaction I had with the exceptionally competent MBT staff I was privileged to work with for most of my years at the University. I also miss teaching and working with highly committed full-time and adjunct faculty members. I have fond memories of the time spent serving as the academic advisor for MBT students, the best part of which was getting to know students on a person-to-person basis.
During my first seven years of retirement I have discovered that there is indeed life after one’s academic career has ended. The end of an academic career does not mean the end of learning. I am strongly committed to life-long learning experiences. To that end I have availed myself of the opportunity to attend University programs sponsored by the Humphrey Institute and CCE, especially the OLLI program, Curiosity Camps, Great Conversations, and others. I have also discovered “Great Courses” which allows me to view videos of courses offered by outstanding faculty from Universities across the Travel has allowed me to combat the effects of the long Minnesota winters. We have taken river cruises in Europe, ocean cruises to various locations, and trips to warm locations in the U.S. and Mexico. Travel has also allowed me to attend Spring Training baseball games in Florida and Arizona.
Speaking of sports, I have been a loyal Gopher season ticket holder in both football and basketball - 45 consecutive seasons. I have attended every Big 10 basketball tournament since its inception in the late Nineties. I continue to be a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Twins which demonstrates my tolerance for pain.
I have been involved in various community service activities including service on several committees at my church, serving on the community board of the local YMCA branch and the advisory board for the MBT program. I have volunteered to serve on the scholarship committee for Valspar Inc.
Spending time with my family is the most important part of my life. Our two children have provided us with five wonderful grandchildren-two in Minnesota and three in Arkansas. What a joy it has been to read to the little ones and have them read to me. When time permits I enjoy relaxing with a good book - mostly nonfiction.