Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Dean Joan Gabel identified as a rising star in Wall Street Journal

Dean Joan Gabel was listed among the rising women stars in business school deanships in a blog post in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. The blog post followed an article about the rise of business schools choosing women as deans because "having women in leadership positions can make a mark on a school's student body, a crucial asset as institutions look to close the gender gap among that population as well."

The role women play as deans is significant. The story states "Any top-tier dean-man or woman-holds sway in powerful business and policy circles. They often serve as directors of major companies, set the agenda for what tomorrow's corporate titans might learn and, in the wake of the financial crisis, are called upon to defend the very existence and value of their institutions."

Joan Gabel joined the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business in 2010. Under Dean Gabel's leadership, the Trulaske College of Business has accomplished key initiatives. This week, the inaugural execMBA class begins coursework in the new program designed for top-notch working professionals seeking a program which combines rigorous instruction, flexible scheduling, and strong peer connections. In 2011, the Entrepreneurship Alliance, designed for exceptional students who demonstrate a high potential for new business development, was launched. The program ensures MU continues to cultivate innovators to drive economic growth. Other key initiatives include developing the new Certificate in Sales and Customer Development in the department of marketing and a concentration in Marketing Analytics for MBA students.

"We at the Trulaske College of Business are proud to have Dean Gabel leading our school," said Allen Bluedorn, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. "Her tenacity, dedication and creativity have proven her a great leader and she continues to cultivate and develop new talent, innovative programs and — most important — successful students."