Venky VenkatachalamGreetings,

The fall semester is officially underway! With a new academic year, we anticipate the many exciting activities, productivity and accomplishments lying ahead of us. We had a very successful and busy summer, with both the Summer Accounting Institute and the Youth Business Adventure programs seeing high level of participation from high school juniors and seniors.

As we begin the year, we are delighted to welcome all our returning students as well as welcome a new batch of freshman and transfer students. Our incoming freshman class is the largest ever in the past 10 years! Thanks to all our faculty and staff who have done a superb job in our recruiting efforts. Our efforts to establish and enhance the Beacom brand are starting to pay in terms of attracting quality students at the undergraduate level.

To complement our world-class faculty, we have added four outstanding scholars this academic year who will add new vitality to our commitment to student success, leadership to student organizations, and to enhance the research and scholarship profile of the Beacom School of Business. The new faculty members are: Kwabena Kesse, assistant professor of finance, Karen Davies, instructor of accounting, Bart Hanus, assistant professor of decision sciences and Matt Friedman, visiting assistant professor of economics.

I am pleased to report that our efforts to launch executive education programs has been very successful. We launched a pilot program in May 2017 with more than 80 participants from a wide range of industry attending this event. This fall we are launching four new executive programs in these areas: High-performance teams, project management, negotiation and lean management. We are also working with the industry in developing custom education programs for their executives.

The fall will be full of opportunities to engage with the Beacom School of Business. We will have events for prospective students and undecided majors, alumni gatherings, distinguished speakers, and classroom visitors. We hope you will choose to actively be a part of our success this year!

I look forward to serving this great team of faculty, staff, and students as we venture into another exciting new year.

Warmest regards,

Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Dean, Beacom School of Business
605-677-5455
Venky.Venkatachalam@usd.edu