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UNC Kenan-Flagler Ranks 9th Worldwide in 2011 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report

September 21, 2011 By Joel Thomas

By Dean Jim Dean

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to report that the “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” ranking has recognized UNC Kenan-Flagler as No. 9 globally for integrating social, ethical and environmental stewardship into our MBA Program.

This ranking is public recognition of the important work of our Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE), which is integral to the work of the School, and recognizes our leadership in the practice and teaching of sustainability.

“Beyond Grey Pinstripes” is a biennial business school survey that is managed by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education. Results are published every other year, and UNC Kenan-Flagler was ranked No. 14 in 2009. Competition was significantly greater than in 2008-09, according to the Aspen Institute, which evaluated data submitted by 149 schools in 22 countries; 142 MBA programs were eligible for inclusion.

To participate in this ranking process requires enormous effort, and I want to especially thank Jessica Thomas and Tracy Triggs-Mathews for their diligence in making sure the UNC Kenan-Flagler’s submission of data and information was as strong as it could be in addressing the measures used by the Aspen Institute. Thanks also to the MBA Program team members and our faculty who have partnered closely with the CSE to incorporate sustainability deeply into the MBA curriculum.

I am proud that UNC Kenan-Flagler was among the first business schools to offer a comprehensive educational, research and outreach program in sustainable enterprise. That every “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” report has cited UNC Kenan-Flagler as among the very best at preparing our students for social and environmental stewardship is indeed gratifying.

Best regards,


James W. Dean, Jr. Dean UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

919.962.3232 fax 919.962.1300 deandean@kenan-flagler.unc.edu www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/

One Comment

  1. Joel Thomas

    Happy to see UNC Kenan-Flagler break into the top 10. I was encouraged to see so many of my classmates (c/o 2011) hold out in the job search until they found a job that could both pay an MBA salary and create long term environmental and social value. Justin Sabrsula, Ken Allinson and Lysandra Weber are just a few examples which are top of mind. Also happy to report that my boss is a Kenan-Flagler graduate and we’re building/changing the solar industry in multiple states. I just contacted another classmate who is working in the Tech office at Duke to start a conversation about a technology we’re working with which could bring more renewable energy onto the grid. And at present, while I’m working on a pilot in Massachusetts, I’m staying with a former Kenan-Flagler classmate who is changing health care. What a strong family network. Keep it going. Ecstatic to be a part of it beyond graduating.