Dean’s blog: Recognising our outstanding people

20 March 2014
Professor Greg Whittred
Professor Greg Whittred, Dean, the Business School

I started this year with a very pleasant task - writing letters of congratulations to alumni who had received recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. It is always special for me to recognise our people and their contributions to New Zealand. Some are recognised for services to business, but for many it is their service to education, community, social services and the like that are the most striking. Yes, they have business degrees, but it is how they have put that learning into practice and made a contribution to New Zealand society which is for me the essence of you, our donors, corporate partners and alumni.

Last month I also recognised another group of outstanding individuals, our volunteers. We are truly blessed to have more than 700 business leaders who interact with our students and staff during the year. Some of you come back each year. It is this level of genuine engagement that helps make us relevant to our students and assists in preparing them for leadership roles outside in the working world.

To deliver the right kind of graduate - ones who are innovative, entrepreneurial and business savvy - requires us to provide not only strong experiential learning opportunities to complement the formal curriculum, but also scholarships to promote excellence. We can only do this with the type of dedicated help and assistance you provide. Budgetary constraints on the New Zealand tertiary education system mean the funding for many of our activities is simply not available.

It is thanks to you that our graduates are now recognised as priority employees by business leaders who appreciate their all-round skills, their attitudes and their drive for success.

I hope you can find a few minutes to view the presentation at the Business School Volunteers Function (video, 16:00).

Best regards for 2014.

Professor Greg Whittred
Dean, the Business School
Email:
g.whittred@auckland.ac.nz