College of Business: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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New Leader for IBC


John Clarke, a 1994 College of Business MBA alumnus who heads The Hoeft Technology & Management Program, will also lead the Illinois Business Consulting Program.

Clarke’s credentials easily fit both roles. His 10-year career in the Communications and High Tech Market Unit at Accenture included projects in 17 states and 11 countries. He has also worked as an independent consultant and operated several small companies.

Now in its 10th year, IBC has conducted approximately 600 projects for over 300 clients worldwide. The organization lets students apply classroom learning to real business problems for companies of various sizes – Fortune 500 to small businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit.

Clarke hopes to build upon the opportunities the program offers students and continue to position IBC as an integral component of the Illinois MBA program.

“The program’s great reputation is well known,” Clarke said. “We will look for ways to build our relationships and continue to provide a unique student experience while delivering value to our clients.”
Clarke sees IBC’s growth coming from partnerships with other programs.

“Last year, IBC offered practicum support to students in the MS-Finance degree program,” Clarke said. “We’re looking at other ways to forge relationships with programs across campus.”

IBC already leverages expertise from several other Illinois graduate programs – including the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR) in executing consulting projects.

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