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Message from the new Mendoza College Dean: Our unwavering mission

March 12, 2013

Roger D. Huang, Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management, was announced as the new Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business on March 1, 2013, after serving as interim dean for 14 months.

Following is an excerpt of his remarks to the College faculty and staff made during the announcement reception.

Let me begin by thanking all of you who have been so supportive during the past 14 months as I have served as interim dean. We have accomplished much, including the move of the Stayer Center for Executive Education to its magnificent new home. We also launched a  graduate degree program, the Master of Science in Busines, which is our first new degree program in many years.

At the same time, we are expanding our global reach by partnering with international universities to offer new programs such as the Master of Nonprofit Administration-RenminUniversity degree, which will bring the Mendoza College mission of values-based business education to a new generation of business leaders across the world. All these changes are not without causing stress and pain, and I deeply appreciate all of you who have stepped up to go above and beyond to maintain our forward progress.

We have succeeded in many things, and we’ve done them with grace, with respect for one another, with collegiality, with a can-do spirit. Perhaps most importantly, our inspiration draws from the very deep well of our unwavering mission established from the day in 1921 that Cardinal John O’Hara founded our school: to be a force for good.  This is foundational to all we do.

The recent economic meltdown, which saw so many instances of unethical behavior, has put a spotlight on our message. Although it has become popular for other schools to claim “business for good,” ethics-based education is truly part of our DNA.  As the business school of the University of Notre Dame, it is our authentic identity to place the highest values on personal integrity, on excellence in all that we do, and on social impact in serving the human community. To challenge our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni and others to make a difference in the world through the power of business is our ongoing mission.

This is a work that we have already begun and will continue. And the reason why we choose this path is simple: We do it for your children, the children of your children, the children of this country, and the children of this world.  And since we are all God’s children, we do it for God.  And I truly believe that when we serve our students by teaching them our brand of education, we are, in fact, serving God. 

An internationally respected scholar in the area of global finance who has authored more than 50 journal articles, Huang joined the College in 2000 and has served as finance professor, finance department chair and associate dean. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.