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A Message from the Dean

Dear alumni and friends,

It's an honor to be writing to you for the first time as dean of the School of Management. During my nine months as interim dean, we began building momentum, and now we can forge ahead on the course we are charting together.

As we unfold our new brand for the University at Buffalo, a brand that the School of Management is an integral part of, it's clear that collaboration is key to future success. The departments within the school, the schools within the university and the university as part of the larger community are working together more than ever before, and all the great things happening are contributing to the economic renaissance of Western New York and beyond.

Examples of these collaborations and their impact abound in this issue of Buffalo Business. Our cover story shows how health care is inextricably linked to business, and how our partnerships with UB's health profession schools and the region's health care institutions are helping to reshape the landscape of how we achieve wellness in our society. And this year's Panasci winners leveraged resources throughout the school, university and community to develop and fund their startup. Our undergraduate honors students worked with area high schools to help teens become financially savvy through MoneySKILL, which the School of Management, in partnership with M&T Bank, has been bringing to Western New York for 10 years.

You, our alumni, also play a vital role in the success of the school in so many ways, from the real-world knowledge that you share with our students to your support and your ideas.

As I embark on my new role as dean of the School of Management, I think of Mahatma Gandhi's words: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Change, especially bold, ambitious change, can often be overwhelming, but Gandhi reminds us how much we can accomplish in making the world a better place when we put our minds to it and work with others.

I look forward to working with all of you as we continue our ascent.

Sincerely,

Paul Tesluk

Dean