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Sr. Assistant Dean of Student Affairs James Stevens Moving to Texas

Dear Colleagues,

It is with mixed feelings that I inform you of the planned departure of Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs James Stevens from Graduate School of Management in the next several months.

Jim has been a significant and influential presence at GSM for the past 14 years. Having worked with four deans, Jim has been an effective translator of our college’s strategic priorities and was deeply involved in the growth of our programs by providing all the support needed to convert plans on paper to thriving ecosystems.

I met with Jim when Vasu and I visited Davis to accept our offers and experienced his enthusiasm and commitment to the School. Since then, I have relied on him to assist the faculty in shaping our thoughts into effective actions.

While there are several things Jim was part of, I am particularly grateful to him for how well he managed the college’s relationship with the students. It started with recruiting the right class, providing the right environment for them to thrive, and working with them to solve issues that created friction.

Jim is headed to Austin where his spouse and our former dean Ann Stevens has accepted an offer to be the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas. During my interview process, Ann provided me with significant advice. As I started my job here and learned about the past, I could see the importance of Ann’s contributions tin making the GSM what it is today. She came in when we needed stability in a turbulent graduate management education market and guided us calmly to become a fiscally stable and innovative, strong graduate business school again. Stated simply, she set the stage for the innovations that we are able to plan and execute today. I owe her much debt of gratitude for her contributions to the GSM.

Jim will continue in his position until April and then assume part-time responsibilities to assist us with the completion of our student recruitment and enrollment efforts and work with his replacement to make the transition easier.

Please join me in thanking Jim for his numerous contributions to the GSM and in wishing him well as he explores multiple options for his future.

Best regards,

Dean H. Rao Unnava