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Veteran Chicago Booth Admissions Dean Moves into New Role

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Kurt Ahlm

Since 2011, Kurt Ahlm has served as the associate dean of full-time MBA admissions and the executive director of marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Within his roles, Ahlm has been in charge of everything from candidate evaluation to marketing, operations, and communications. Due to his exceptional work in these roles, he has been promoted to a new role as the chief marketing and communications officer (CMCO) for the school.

Ahlm has more than 20 years of admissions experience, making him a veteran in the admissions world. He started his career in undergrad admissions at Northwestern University before moving to corporate recruiting for a few years. He then returned to higher education at Chicago Booth in 2002. In an interview with Clear Admit, Ahlm shared that MBA admissions provided the ideal mix of academic and corporate worlds, thus its draw.

Stacey Kole

Ahlm’s new role at Booth will allow him to expand his skill set even further. In this newly created position, he will oversee all of Booth’s marketing functions including media relations, communications, publications, and institutional research.

As Ahlm moves into his new role, Stacey Kole will take over his admissions-related duties on an interim basis. Kole has served as Booth’s deputy dean for the full-time MBA program for the past 15 years. Alongside her duties as a clinical professor of economics, Kole will field admissions questions until Ahlm’s replacement is named.

All of us at Clear Admit wish Ahlm well in his new role, and we look forward to working with Kole and his permanent successor when hired. We’ll be sure to keep you updated here, first, as new information about the Chicago Booth admissions team is announced.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.