Hassell McClellan to Step Down as CGSOM Head

Hassell McClellan to Step Down as CGSOM Head

Credited with key role in school's rise, he plans to rejoin faculty

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

Having accomplished most of his goals, and citing a desire to spend more time with his son, Carroll Graduate School of Management Associate Dean Hassell McClellan announced May 1 that he will resign from his position effective Aug. 1.

McClellan, who has served as associate dean since 1996, played a key role in elevating CGSOM to its top 40 status in the US News & World Report rankings. After taking a sabbatical, he plans to return to the classroom as a tenured professor.

"I am proud of what we have accomplished here at the Carroll Graduate School," said McClellan. "When I took this position, we created a strategic plan to elevate the BC MBA Program and the Carroll Graduate School into the ranks of the nation's elite business schools that we originally thought would take six years to implement. I am pleased that we were able to do it in three-and-a-half-years. Now I think it best that the new dean has the opportunity to name his or her own team."

A new dean of the Carroll School of Management is expected to be named by early summer.

In accepting his resignation, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, praised McClellan for his many accomplishments during his years of service to Boston College. "While head of the Carroll Graduate School, Dean McClellan and his team of administrators and faculty did an extraordinary job of enhancing the reputation of the graduate and professional business programs at Boston College," said Fr. Leahy. "I am very grateful to him for his years of generous and effective leadership."

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser offered a similar assessment. "Hassell McClellan has done a terrific job in a short period of time in building and letting people know about Boston College's very strong graduate program," said Neuhauser. "He'll be sorely missed as graduate dean by all of us who have worked closely with him throughout the years."

A native of Kentucky, McClellan graduated from Fisk University before receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago and a DBA from Harvard Business School. He taught at the Harvard Business School and served as a banker and a management consultant before joining the faculty at Boston College in 1984 as an associate professor of operations and strategic management.

McClellan plans to spend his sabbatical writing, advising and enhancing the University's ties with the business community.

"Both personally and professionally, it has been an exceptionally rewarding experience to have worked with my dedicated staff in partnership with Presidents Monan and Leahy, [Executive Vice President] Frank Campanella, AVP Jack Neuhauser, former AVP Fr. Neenan and [Acting CSOM Dean] Bob Taggart, among others. All of them have been committed to a single purpose: the advancement of the reputation and quality of the Graduate School of Management at Boston College. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play a leadership role in the design, articulation and implementation of a vision and strategic plan for the graduate school as part of the University's initiative to advance Boston College."

Among his accomplishments as CGSOM associate dean, McClellan created the Wall Street Executives Fellow Program, which provides talented MBA students with one-on-one mentoring relationships with leaders in investment banking and finance; the State Street Global Advisors Executive Fellows Program; and the joint degree program linking the University of Strasbourg and numerous other graduate programs within Boston College. He also strengthened the "Invest 'N Kids" program in which BC MBA students serve as mentors to inner-city children, tutoring them in math and computer skills while also introducing them to the world of investing.

In addition to his success with the overall CGSOM rankings, McClellan and his team worked to advance the Evening MBA Program into 19th place in the US News & World Report's rankings of part-time programs, thus making Boston College the only school in Massachusetts and one of just 12 in the United States to have an MBA program ranked in the top 40 and an evening MBA program in the top 20. Under his administration, CGSOM's selectivity rank rose from 58th in 1997 to 29th this year and from 112th to 34th in placement.

An interim dean of the Carroll Graduate School of Management is expected to be named shortly.


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