Yale SOM admissions chief gets seat on GMAC board

Bruce DelMonico, Yale SOM’s assistant dean for admissions, is one of only three admissions chiefs to join the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) in recent years.

The board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council, the administrator of the GMAT exam, is usually made up of business school deans and corporate heavyweights. In a rare honor, the board tapped the admissions officer of a top business school to join this select group of 16 board members.

Bruce DelMonico, the much-admired assistant dean for admissions at the Yale School of Management, took his place on the board on July 1, joining the deans of London Business School, Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Howard University’s Business School, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and EBS Universitänt für Wirtschaft und Recht in Germany. DelMonico is one of six new board members, including Mukesh Butani, founder and managing partner of BMR Legal Advocates; and Itziar de Ros, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for IESE Business School in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

DelMonico is one of only three admissions chiefs to join GMAC’s board of directors in the past year. He effectively replaces Soojin Kwon, the former managing director of admissions and the full-time MBA program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She recently left Ross to work for McKinsey & Co. Peter Johnson, Assistant Dean of the Full-Time MBA Program and Admissions for the Haas School of Business Full-Time MBA Program at UC-Berkeley and Admissions at the Haas School of Business had been on the Board from 2018 to 2020.


Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon

Also joining the Board of Directors are Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; Catherine Duggan, Dean of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business; Anthony Wilbon, dean of the Howard University School of Business, as well as Butani and Ros.

“We are thrilled and grateful to have six exceptional individuals from four continents join the GMAC Board of Directors, bringing with them diverse and inspiring perspectives on higher management education,” said Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO. of GMAC, in a statement. “As the industry continues to evolve and adapt in the face of an ever-changing landscape, their integration demonstrates GMAC’s strong commitment to its global mission to connect business schools and candidates to support the growth of the industry. higher business education.

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou is the 10th Dean of the Tepper School and the former Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Since joining Tepper in 2020, Bajeux has revamped the leadership structure and launched new degree programs that provide Tepper students with new options and increased flexibility. Additionally, she launched the Tepper School’s first comprehensive DE&I strategic plan to support diversity, equity and inclusion. Bajeux has refreshed the school’s brand positioning to make it the school for the “smart future”, where students learn to combine the power of data with human judgment and imagination to make better decisions.

Catherine Duggan, Dean of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

A former professor at Harvard Business School, Catherine Duggan is director (dean) of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (UCT GSB). Her research focuses on the political economy of development in Africa, where she has worked in two dozen countries for over twenty years.

Prior to joining UCT GSB, she was Associate Dean of the African Leadership University School of Business – a new business school in Rwanda – and Visiting Scholar at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She served on the HBS faculty for nearly a decade and won several teaching awards, becoming the first woman in the school’s history to win the faculty award for outstanding teaching in the required curriculum. two years in a row. She obtained a doctorate. from Stanford University and a BA with honors from Brown University, both in political science.

Anthony Wilbon is Dean of the Howard University School of Business. Dr. Wilbon’s research areas include technology strategy, technology innovation and entrepreneurship, operations management, project management, systems development lifecycle, and research methodology. Prior to joining Howard University, Wilbon was a faculty member at the Earl Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University.

Anthony Wilbon is Dean of the School of Business at Howard University

Previously, he also held engineering and management positions in several organizations, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc., American Management Systems, Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Wilbon earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Howard, and a Ph.D. at George Washington University in Science, Technology, and Innovation Management. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award (France).

The current chair of the board is retired President of Education and Career Services (ACT) Jon L. Erickson, who joined the board in 2016. He succeeded Martin Boehm as chair. , the former dean and professor of marketing at IE Business School who has served on the GMAC board since 2017. Boehm is currently rector of EBS Universitänt für Wirtschaft und Recht in Germany.

DelMonico, one of Yale SOM’s most highly regarded admissions directors, has led Yale SOM’s admissions team since 2006. While at Yale, Bruce helped innovate new technologies and candidate assessment methods, including including early roles in the Slate CRM system, the use of asynchronous video questions, and the adoption of non-cognitive forced-choice assessments. He has served on several industry-related boards and is a former trustee of the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to joining Yale, he was a First Amendment, white-collar, and commercial litigation attorney, working primarily on cases with exposures ranging from $10 billion to $10 billion. DelMonico holds an honors bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University, a master’s degree in literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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