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Operating at the Personal Scale

Posted in: Cover, Features, Winter 2013

Eric Johnson, Owen’s new dean, is a leader, researcher, teacher, administrator and trailblazer. Discover why he came back to the school where he began his teaching career and why he expects big things and breakthroughs.



Reciprocal Agreement

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

Owen and Vanderbilt’s health care community are taking care of business—together.



Wherever the Next Road May Lead

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

After being injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, an Owen alumnus takes stock.



Virtual Reality

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

Lessons professor David Owens learned teaching an online course to thousands help Vanderbilt students in the clasroom.



All in the Family

Posted in: Class Acts, mini-feature, Winter 2013

Two years ago, Jane Kennedy Greene, BA’75, MBA’81, went from being shareholder in the family business to running it when her father asked her to take over the company’s reins. With 4,000 employees and operations in 30 states and Canada, Greene has her hands full as a third-generation CEO and board chair of Kenco Group [...]



Inaugural Success Part 1: Americas MBA for Executives

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

The new Americas MBA for Executives program opens global doors for students throughout the hemisphere.



Inaugural Success Part 2: MAcc Valuation

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

Only months after graduating its first class, the industry-driven Master of Accountancy Valuation program is a hit with accounting firms, recent undergraduates and Owen.



Researching Health Care—the Owen Way

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

With close ties to the medical community, it’s not surprising that Owen faculty to do innovative research into the business of health care.



Policy Matters

Posted in: Features, Winter 2013

Health care students benefit from a mix of professionals in the classroom. In addition to his Medical Center responsibilities, C. Wright Pinson, MD’80, draws on his experiences as a liver transplant surgeon to teach courses in ethics. R. Lawrence Van Horn has an appointment as associate professor of health policy at the School of Medicine. [...]



Nashville‘s Odds

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013


Restoring Music History…Again

Posted in: mini-feature, Spring 2013

As general manager of the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, revered as the Mother Church of Country Music, Steve Buchanan oversaw the building’s million dollar renovation and reinstatement as one of the world’s premiere music venues.



Nashville’s Champion

Posted in: Cover, Features, Spring 2013

Behind television’s hit show Nashville and behind the scenes of the legendary Grand Ole Opry is Vanderbilt Owen alumnus, Steve Buchanan, president of Opry Entertainment and co-creator and executive producer of the new nighttime TV drama.



A Seat at the Table

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013

Changes in the corporate world and the reputation of Owen’s Human and Organizational Performance program put Owen HOP MBAs in high demand.



Jim Bradford—Passing the Baton

Posted in: Features, Spring 2013

What do you say about a 40-year career in both the private sector and academia in just a couple of paragraphs?



Postcards from China

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features, Photo Essay

This past April the Executive MBA Class of 2012 traveled to China, where they toured Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau. What follows is a collection of photos and observations that capture their experience.



Taking Off

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and economics in 2011, Tim Maloney decided to stay at Vanderbilt for one more year. Having a master’s in finance, he believed, would be an important differentiator in a difficult job market.



Plugging In

Posted in: Fall 2012, Features

In addition to running her own company, Lazenby has a national advocacy role in the oil and gas industry, serving as Board Chair of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Often the only woman in the room, she promotes understanding about industry concerns, including taxation, accessibility and regulation.



Hands On – Photo Essay

Posted in: Features, Spring 2012

This past October’s Immersion Week encompassed health care, finance, marketing and global education, all of which are highlighted in a photo essay.



Bright and Bold

Posted in: Features, Spring 2012

For David Owens, innovation on a personal level can be hard-wired.

“I am genetically an engineer,” he says. “My wife remarked one day as we were traveling, ‘Why do you always have a bag full of wires when we go on vacation?’ It’s just always been part of my identity.”



On Board

Posted in: Cover, Features, Spring 2012

For a guy from Middle Tennessee, Brent Turner, MBA’99, sure uses a lot of nautical terms. That may be the impact of having lived near the Puget Sound in Seattle for the past 12 years, but his choice of words is fitting nonetheless. Turner is helping steer the future of Owen as chair of the school’s Alumni Board, and his enthusiasm, drive and leadership are just the types of invaluable assets you’d want in someone at the helm.



Global Positioning

Posted in: Cover, Fall 2011, Features

Mario Ramos has a hard time containing his excitement about the freshly unveiled Americas MBA for Executives program at Vanderbilt. To hear him talk, you’d think that he’s among the inaugural class of 12 Owen students who’ll be traveling to Brazil, Canada and Mexico in the coming months to learn about those economies.



Best of Health

Posted in: Fall 2011, Features

Few people get to witness the evolution of a brand new hospital from an insider’s perspective. Even fewer get to play a hand in how it takes shape. Yet, thanks in no small part to Vanderbilt’s Master of Management in Health Care program, four health care administrators from Huntsville, Ala., have had just such an opportunity.



Pressure Cooker

Posted in: Fall 2011, Features

Ashoke “Bappa” Mukherji is no stranger to pressure. Soon after graduating from Vanderbilt with both an MBA and a law degree, he was thrust into one of the more challenging roles a budding young attorney could ask for—sitting second chair in a first-degree murder trial. It was his first trial ever.



The Necessary Spark

Posted in: Features, Spring 2011

In chemistry, if you want to get a reaction, you have to find a way to bring the right molecules together and have them bump into each other with sufficient force. Sometimes you need a catalyst to get things started.



Theory into Practice

Posted in: Cover, Features, Spring 2011

Market impact. It is part of the very fiber of Owen’s finance department. Members of the school’s finance faculty are not only contributing to the industry’s intellectual underpinnings and analytical tools but also training students who, as Vanderbilt alumni, are putting theory into practice worldwide.



The Journey No One Chooses

Posted in: Features, Spring 2011

Imagine going to see your dermatologist and leaving her office knowing you have several swollen lymph nodes. That is exactly what happened to me in early August 2009. I was told “run, don’t walk” to my primary care physician, which I did—the dermatologist’s office even called to make sure I had followed their directions.



Bill of Health

Posted in: Cover, Fall 2010, Features

Christopher Parks found himself facing an all-too-common dilemma. He and his mother, who was in the midst of cancer treatments, were sitting in her living room going through a stack of her medical bills and those of his father, who had died recently.



From the Dean

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features, From the Dean

Inspiration comes in many forms and often from unexpected sources. As business leaders we plan, budget and dream, yet we often don’t find the needed spark in the incremental day-to-day events of life.



Owen’s Health Care Advisory Board

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features

CHAIR Dr. William Frist, Partner, Cressey & Company Dr. Bill Bates, President and CEO, digiChart Jack Bovender Jr., Chairman, HCA Ron Calhoun, President, The Remi Group Rep. Jim Cooper, 5th District, U.S. House of Representatives Richard Cowart, Partner, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Deke Ellwanger, Former President, HealthSpring Catherine Gemmato-Smith, Managing Director, Jefferies & [...]



Military Discipline

Posted in: Fall 2010, Features

Ray Sumner, MBA’10, woke up in a bed with white sheets. He recognized his mother, who was holding his right hand. She had traveled from their family farm on Staten Island to keep vigil at his bedside in Bethesda Naval Hospital.



Q & A with an Owen Staff Member

Posted in: Campus Visit, Fall 2010, Features

Read McNamara recently joined the staff at Owen after spending 35 years in the consumer goods industry.



Flour Power

Posted in: Business and Society, Fall 2010, Features

Some of the grandmothers—only in their 50s, but aged by the hardships of living in one of the world’s poorest places—liked the porridge so much that they started dancing, hopping on one foot and then the other, grinning toothless smiles and kicking dust onto their colorful skirts.



Diverse Offering

Posted in: Features, Spring 2010

During lean economic times, many business owners look for a lifeboat. In the case of David Ingram, Chairman and President of Ingram Entertainment Inc. (IEI), his came in the form of beer. Or beer distribution, that is.



Team Players

Posted in: Features, Spring 2010

For Tom Clock, MBA’98, it all clicked when Owen’s fledgling rugby club carpooled to Fort Campbell, Ky., to take on a team from the 101st Airborne. “It was with those guys that I think we crystallized our identity,” says Clock. “Hanging out with them, we became a team.”



Long-Term Bet

Posted in: Fall 2009, mini-feature

Twenty years can create some distance between a university and one of its graduates. Not so for Kevin Kaseff. A member of the Class of 1989, Kaseff fondly recalls both the friends he made at Owen and his academic experience. “I loved the school and the experience,” he says. “I’ve maintained those friendships the past [...]



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