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Fall 2023 Note from Institutional Advancement

Friday, October 13, 2023

Jess Kowal

Advancing Excellence with Our New Dean, Jamie Prenkert

What an exciting time it is for our Carlson School community! This summer, we welcomed a new dean, Jamie Prenkert, who has eagerly jumped into this community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors, and friends, and has begun building on the legacy of Carlson School distinction.

Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we have been a powerhouse in developing business leaders and talent. We have educated and inspired leaders who have shaped the economy in the state of Minnesota, across the country, and beyond. Our faculty have introduced management concepts and innovative practices to the global business community. Additionally, our programs and outreach have ensured that the benefits of the research, innovation, and education happening here have an impact locally and worldwide.

Dean Prenkert has spent these early months meeting and listening to internal and external stakeholders, learning more about the unique qualities that set us apart, and observing how our alumni are critical contributors in the regional headquarters economy and are leading the way in an ever-changing global business environment. He is using these insights to identify opportunities to raise our profile even further. Having observed Dean Prenkert’s enthusiasm for the school, and hearing a bit about his early plans and initiatives, I am excited about our path forward together and the continued excellence of the Carlson School.

We have always been a community with big ideas and excellent outcomes, and I invite you to join us for the big things to come!


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Jess Kowal
Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement


By the Numbers

Leadership skills and training have long been integral to a Carlson School education, and the latest numbers show our alumni capitalizing on those skills in their professional lives and service to the Carlson School.


Companies on the current Fortune 500, S&P 500, or Forbes Largest Private Companies rankings represented on the Carlson School Board of Advisors


Number of Fortune 1000 companies with Carlson School graduates in the CEO, CFO, or CTO role, making the Carlson School one of the top public business schools in the country for this metric.


Alumni currently sharing their time and talents with their alma mater through service on Carlson School advisory boards and alumni councils.

Fall 2023 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Fall 2023 alumni magazine

Leaders come in many forms. The Carlson School community shares styles, approaches, and other ways we lead.

Fall 2023 table of contents