TuckCenter for Global Business and Government

Leveraging Expertise – the CGBG’s Senior Fellows

January 28, 2014 -- Guest post by Matt Slaughter, faculty director at the Center for Global Business and Government, the Signal Companies' Professor of Management, and the Associate Dean for Faculty

When I first envisioned creating the Center, I knew that an integral component would be colleagues:  experts with deep experience in global business and government who could contribute to the Center’s activities both at Tuck and around the world.  I hoped these experts would offer something more than traditional “executive-in-residence” programs that, terrific though they are, offer finite and one-off connections to the Tuck community.  I envisioned colleagues who would join Tuck in a deeper sense:  be on campus a significant share of their time to teach a course or two, to meet with and guide students in the Center’s many opportunities outside the classroom, and to enrich the intellectual environment of my fellow faculty in the seminar room and elsewhere.  In short, I wanted to generate new Tuck colleagues – all focused on the business/government theme thanks to their leadership experience at the highest levels. We decided to call these colleagues Senior Fellows.

We launched the CGBG’s Senior Fellows program in the summer of 2013 with four impressive people: Peter Fisher, senior director of the BlackRock Investment Institute and former U.S. Treasury Department’s undersecretary for domestic finance and executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Judd Gregg, CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and former U.S. Senator (R-N.H.) who also served as the 76th Governor of the State of New Hampshire; John Lynch, a businessman and politician who served as the 80th Governor of the State of New Hampshire (D); and Matthew Rees, the founder of the Washington D.C. consulting firm Geonomica.

Our new partners have been generous with their time and their expertise. Peter Fisher established himself on campus by meeting with students and faculty in a wide range of settings, and soon he will offer a new elective course on global capital markets in the wake of the world financial crisis. Peter is also advising a group of our CGBG MBA Fellows on a project to examine efforts to diversify the economy and the labor force in the United Arab Emirates. John Lynch taught a very popular elective course last fall called The CEO Experience, which examined the similarities and differences between being CEO in the private sector versus the public sector. John is also advising teams of our MBA Fellows.  Matt Rees, the other half of the Slaughter & Rees Report duo, keeps me on my toes by contributing his insights and expert pen to our weekly missive about global business and policy news and issues. And, finally, Judd Gregg has participated in numerous phone calls, met with students, and offered his advice on many Center projects.

The value of having these people affiliated with the Center hit home during a group luncheon with our MBA Fellows.  One team of fellows was presenting their work to date on a for-credit project aiming to help CEOs in and around Detroit, Michigan rebuild that area’s devastated economy in the wake of its historic bankruptcy through an innovative public-private partnership. John Lynch was able to offer a wealth of insight and suggestions based on his wide experiences crafting such partnerships when governor of New Hampshire.  This was Tuck learning at its finest:  terrific students working beside terrific faculty to address the pressing opportunities of the global economy.

In the coming months, we look forward to working with our newest Senior Fellow Curt Welling, the former president and CEO of AmeriCares, the emergency response and global health organization. Curt’s background in finance, in addition to his NGO leadership, will be a welcome addition to our efforts.

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