The S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management has named a new executive director of admissions and financial aid and further strengthened the admissions office with several other new hires, the school announced this week. The reinvigorated admissions team complements a recent re-launch of the school’s two-year MBA curriculum, Johnson reports.
Judi Byers, formerly admissions director at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC, brings more than 10 years of admissions experience to her new role at Johnson. She joined Kogod, where she received her undergraduate degree in business, in 2004 as a marketing admissions coordinator, advancing to lead the admissions team by 2013.
Johnson’s recent innovations seem to have helped entice Byers to leave her alma mater for a new challenge. “As graduate business education continues to evolve to meet the needs of students entering the business world, it’s clear that Johnson is staying abreast of the latest innovative advancements in programs,” she said in a statement.
Johnson touts its own history of innovation within graduate management education, pointing to its immersion program, which was at the forefront of experiential learning within MBA programs, as well as its introduction of a one-year accelerated MBA program, which while common throughout Europe is still less prevalent among U.S. schools. Its redesigned two-year curriculum, introduced with the entering Class of 2016, places particular emphasis on preparing its graduates to lead with a focus on critical thinking, targeted leadership skills and data analysis and modeling.
“It’s clear the revamp of the Two-Year MBA program includes impressive enhancements and will make these offerings even more attractive to prospective students domestically and internationally,” Byers said in a statement.
She pointed to other innovation within Johnson’s admissions process as well, including providing candidates with an ability to populate portions of their applications directly from LinkedIn. “Over the last 6 months we’ve received positive feedback from students that can now share their LinkedIn profiles and portfolios through a streamlined and easy-to-use process,” said Byers.
Byers succeeds Interim Director of Admissions Ann Richards, who stepped in to lead the office when former Admissions Director Christine Sneva left Ithaca to become senior director of enrollment and students services at Cornell Tech in New York City last July.
She is joined by two other newcomers to the Johnson admissions team, Admissions Director Gail Wolfmeyer from New York University’s Stern School of Business and Admissions Manager Chris Lind from American University.