By now, I hope that you have received news of my changing role at the
Freeman School and of Freeman’s impressive jump in several rankings,
including Bloomberg Businessweek and US News & World Report, which demonstrates that the world is taking notice of our accomplishments.
The Freeman School truly is unique and special – there was never a doubt
in my mind that I would remain a part of the faculty after stepping
down from the Dean role. Over five years ago, Hurricane Katrina left
Freeman with fewer faculty, staff, students and applicants. Since then,
because of the hard work and dedication of our community, Freeman has
not only recovered, but triumphed!
Beyond the numbers, part of what makes Freeman so special is its
commitment to the people of New Orleans. Community service, giving back
so that others may have an opportunity, and affecting more than just
the bottom line are all part of learning business at Freeman. This was
most evident right after Katrina, when students stepped in to help
struggling businesses regain their footing. Not only did our students
gain valuable hands-on experience, but also strengthened ties with the
city and its citizens.
As we welcome our new Dean, Ira Solomon, let us join together in support of the growth and continued success of Freeman.
Your generous support has helped bring us to this point, and we are so thankful. If you are able, I hope you will consider giving again this year to empower our students to become leaders in their respective fields.
Angelo S. DeNisi, Ph.D.
Dean, A. B. Freeman School of Business