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Spring 2023 Note from Institutional Advancement

Friday, April 21, 2023

Jess Kowal
Jess Kowal, Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement

With spring upon us after a long Minnesota winter, now is a perfect time to reflect upon the pivots soon to come at the Carlson School and the growth that is driving the school into its next chapter.

As we have seen in the stories earlier in this edition of the Carlson School Magazine for Alumni and Friends, there are many exciting updates and innovations to our curriculum, programming, and student experiences that continue to set the Carlson School apart as a destination for business education. The commitment and critical support of alumni and donors like you make it possible for our faculty and staff to create these opportunities for our students.

Beginning this summer, the advancement team and I look forward to introducing to you our next dean, Jamie Prenkert. We are excited to connect Jamie with alumni and friends across the country as he gets to experience firsthand what makes the Carlson School so special: its incredible community of alumni and friends. We hope you will join us in welcoming Jamie in the coming months.

As we look ahead to the future, it is also important to recognize the incredible impact and foundation laid by the leaders that have come before us. The Carlson School has been privileged to have a forward-thinking leader in Dean Sri Zaheer, who joined with alumni, benefactors, and corporate partners to advance the school’s mission of shaping the next generation of business leaders. Working alongside our generous alumni and friends, Sri’s vision captured the imagination of our donors, allowing the school to more than double its endowment and to raise more than $220 million for students, faculty, and programs during her tenure.

We remain ever grateful to you for making it possible for the Carlson School to grow, innovate, and reimagine the meaning of business education.


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Jess Kowal

Interim Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement

By the Numbers

Together, the Carlson School community has accomplished so much. But to continue to provide the next generation of business leaders with an exceptional educational experience, we still need your help.


The percentage of students transferring into the Carlson School from another institution who don’t receive scholarships due to lack of available funding.


The average out-of-pocket cost for our highest need students to complete their international experience requirement. Current available scholarship funding is only able to cover about 50 percent of the total cost of the experience.


Cost for a proposed annual trek to bring 20 undergraduate students to New York City for career exploration and networking at finance and investment banking firms.

Spring 2023 alumni magazine cover

This article appeared in the Spring 2023 alumni magazine

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Spring 2023 table of contents