MBAA TownHall with Provost Steve Lerman – This TUESDAY

Earlier this week, Kailyn and I – along with Dean Liesl Riddle – met with Provost Steven Lerman and Forest Maltzman, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning, to discuss Dr. Dean Guthrie’s recent dismissal and the school’s leadership transition plans. We spent a good part of the afternoon together, and I want to thank them for their willingness to speak openly about this sensitive matter.

The Provost has commenced efforts to recruit an Interim Dean and assured us that he will be soliciting input from the MBAA throughout the process. We are also happy to report that Provost Lerman and Dr. Maltzman agreed to participate in a student Town Hall Meeting at GWSB and answer student questions, which will be held this Tuesday, Sept 3rd from 5:30-6:30p in Funger 103.

If you cannot attend but would like to listen in, please dial:

Access Code: 9941217

The MBAA would like to thank Provost Lerman, Dr. Maltzman, and Dean Riddle for their time, and for their commitment that GWSB students will remain informed during this transition.

Please join us on Tuesday afternoon.  Thank you.

Sean Murphy

GWU 2014 $80,000 Prize Business Competition Kickoff Event September 4th

The George Washington University and the GW Office of Entrepreneurship are pleased to invite you to the 2014 GW Business Plan Competition Kickoff, where you will have a chance to find out what it takes to compete for over $80,000 in prizes.  The kickoff will successfully guide students through the yearlong series that will culminate on April 11, with the top 8 entrants receiving valuable funding for their endeavors.

The September 4th event will feature “Biz Bingo,” where participants will address a problem in need of a solution; meet new people; discover teammates and potential partners for your startup; connect with fellow entrepreneurs, sponsors, judges and past participants; enjoy a free reception, and have a chance to win a prize!

The kickoff will take place from 5:00- 7:00 pm on the 6th floor of Duques. For more information and to register, visit

Statement Regarding Dr. Doug Guthrie’s Dismissal As GWSB Dean

It’s well known now throughout the GW community that Dr. Doug Guthrie was dismissed yesterday as dean of the Business School.  This is unfortunate news.  As the Business School’s most senior executive, Dr. Guthrie’s sudden dismissal raises serious questions about the future of the Business School, most notably the School’s upcoming accreditation and recent high profile investments aimed to increase the quality and standing of Business School programs in China and around the world.

On behalf of the MBAA, Kailyn and I will be meeting with the Provost early next week to seek his assurance that the integrity of the School of Business will be preserved.  We also intend to offer the MBAA’s assistance to him and his team throughout this difficult transition.  As we move forward, the MBAA will remain transparent and share information with students at every opportunity.

In the meantime, I encourage all students to focus not on this episode but on academics and activities that will enhance our professional development and overall student experience.  Our degrees are expensive and we owe it to ourselves not to be distracted.

With the fall semester starting next week, there are numerous activities and opportunities for students to get involved in.  On Wednesday from 5-7pm, there is a Student Club Fair and Open House on the first floor of Duques. Also, numerous other events planned by the Career Center and the MBAA can be found here on the MBAA website,  The list of things to do is growing and I encourage you to get active.

Sean Murphy

Kailyn McGillicuddy
Executive Vice President

Veterans, Don’t Miss Deloitte’s “Day for Veterans” September 6

George Washington University School of Business students who are veterans should consider attending Deloitte’s Second Annual Deloitte Day for Veterans on Friday September 6.  As part of their commitment to honor their promise to double their veteran hiring numbers in the next three years, Deloitte will be hosting an information session and networking event for veterans located in the DC area.  Attendees will learn how they can apply and advance the skills acquired in service to a rewarding business career.

Check out the Deloitte Day for Veterans 2013 flyer for more details!   To RSVP, click here.

GW PMA Releases New Logo!

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The GW Project Management Association (GW PMA) is thrilled to announce the release of our brand new logo! Founded in 2012, the GW PMA mission is to promote the George Washington University’s Master of Science in Project Management program, the project management profession, and the members within the association to employers and other professional organizations.  To achieve this, the GW PMA serves as the resource for educational endeavors, professional/social events, and networking.

A special thank you to GW MBA student and award-winning graphic designer, Mariam Safi, for designing our new logo! Check out more of her great work at

Contact GW PMA President, Anna Matsiras ([email protected]), for more information and about getting involved with GW PMA! We look forward to seeing you all at our future events.

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Local Start-Up Recruiting GW MBA’s

Daniel, founder and CEO of contacted the MBAA this week hoping to tap into the GW MBA labor pool.  His new online community helps start and strengthen friendships with fun, local activities. Friends IRL makes it easy to make new friends over the best-of-the-best things to do in your city – a social bucket list of sorts.

FriendsIRL has quite a few positions available.  If you are interested in learning more about any of them at FriendsIRL, click here.