Dean Anderson writes about the past, present and future of the Huntsman School of Business

At the beginning of the year, many of us take time to evaluate our progress and look to the opportunities we can create for the coming year. I’d like to let you in on some of the thoughts I’ve had when I assess where we are and what we can accomplish together in 2011.

It’s easy to talk about the strategic advantages of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Let’s start with our name.

Jon M. Huntsman is a visionary leader and an extraordinary entrepreneur whose commitment to principles of ethical leadership is known throughout the world. (See Winners Never Cheat.) His historic gift in December 2007 gave us two incredible assets: a very significant infusion of financial resources and equally—and perhaps even more important—a name that embodies the aspirations and values we want our students to emulate.

But that’s just the beginning. Take, for example, our school motto, “Dare Mighty Things.” We borrowed the phrase from President Theodore Roosevelt. We want our students to have the courage to experiment with bold, innovative ideas and to aspire to greatness. Fortunately, they do not have to look far to find great models of fresh, innovative thinking. In addition to our many alumni who are making a difference around the world, and who often return to campus to visit, our students are privileged to learn from world-class faculty and staff right here at the Huntsman School of Business.

One obvious example is Stephen R. Covey, who became the Jon M. Huntsman Professor of Leadership in February of 2010. How many business schools can talk about a professor having the kind of world-wide impact that Dr. Covey has had? We are announcing in this Huntsman Post the appointment of Dr. Eytan Sheshinski as the first Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor. He is a respected, internationally-known professor who has held faculty positions at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and Princeton. Specializing in research on annuity theory and annuity markets, he has consistently published his research in leading economics journals and for five years he was the chair of the board of directors for Israel’s largest conglomerate. You can read more about him here.

Our Huntsman Alumni Magazine and our electronic publication, The Huntsman Post, are filled with examples of our students, alumni, faculty and staff taking leadership roles, being innovative and having an impact around the world.

Shortly after I became dean in 2006, we decided our focus needed to center on developing ethical leaders, inspiring entrepreneurial spirit within each of our students and helping them gain a global vision of what they can accomplish. Subsequently, we articulated a fourth area of emphasis. It’s vital that our students develop mastery in communication and critical-thinking skills. We call this focus “analytical rigor.” These four areas are now often referred to as the four pillars of the Huntsman School of Business. More

World-class professor appointed as a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor

A respected, internationally known professor who has held faculty positions at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and Princeton has agreed to come teach at Utah State University.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has announced that Eytan Sheshinski will become a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor. Dr. Sheshinski is now the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

In 2009, Utah philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman announced he would fund two presidential chairs at USU’s business college that bears his name. Author Stephen R. Covey became the first Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership in February of 2010. Dean Douglas D. Anderson said that Dr. Sheshinski, as a visiting professor, will teach classes and give lectures on the USU campus for three weeks in February.

Dr. Sheshinski will teach a course to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students on annuity theory and annuity markets. He is widely viewed as a leading authority on issues such as the privatization of social security and other industries, Anderson said.

The visiting professor will also lecture at two Dean’s Convocations, which are free and open to the public. He will speak on “Social Security Reforms Around the World” on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. On Feb. 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. he will speak on “Lessons from Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises” in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium, Room 215, in the George S. Eccles Business Building. More