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Admissions Director Changes at Kellogg, Chicago Booth

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have each recently announced changes in their admissions department leadership. Kellogg has named an interim admissions director to replace the outgoing dean of admissions, and Chicago Booth has promoted its senior director of admissions to serve as associate dean of student recruitment and admissions.

At Kellogg, Michele Rogers will oversee full-time admissions on an interim basis beginning April 29th, the school announced late last week. She steps in for Beth Flye, who served as assistant dean of full-time admissions for the past eight years.

“In the coming months, we will oversee a robust, international search for Beth’s replacement,” Sally Blount, dean of the Kellogg School, said in a statement. “We are grateful for Beth’s dedicated service and pleased that Michele, a seasoned admissions expert and Kellogg veteran, has agreed to fill this role in the interim.” Kellogg hopes to name a permanent replacement for Flye in early fall 2011.

Meanwhile, at neighboring Chicago Booth, Kurt Ahlm, until recently a senior admissions director, yesterday was named associate dean of student recruitment and admissions, effective immediately.

“This is a very natural transition for us and for Kurt who has spent nearly nine years in Booth admissions with responsibilities that have included virtually every aspect of the admissions process,” Stacey Kole, deputy dean for the full-time MBA program, said in a statement.

Ahlm’s appointment to assistant dean makes official many of the responsibilities he assumed last summer when former Dean of Admissions Rosemarie Martinelli stepped down. “When the position was vacated last summer, Kurt stepped up and made sure our entire admissions function didn’t miss a beat,” Kole said. “He has already proven that he can succeed in this new role, where he will work closely with colleagues across the school.”

Ahlm noted that his office plans to expand outreach to an even larger group of prospective MBA applicants across the United States and the world in coming months.

In other Chicago Booth news, the school has also named a new associate dean of alumni relations and development. Effective May 16th, Joseph Buck, an accomplished fundraiser who leads the University of Chicago development efforts directed at individuals and families, will step into this new role.

To read our Admissions Director Q&A with Kurt Ahlm, click here.

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Schools: Northwestern / Kellogg, U. Chicago Booth

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