Dean's Message

Sam Zell's visit to the Urbana campus, Jan 2006.

Heidi Hurd, dean of the College of Law, Richard Herman, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sam Zell, B. Joseph White, president of the University of Illinois, and Avijit Ghosh, dean of the College of Business, pose before Zell's presentation to a standing-room only crowd on January 30, 2006.

The College of Business welcomed Sam Zell, noted entrepreneur, to campus this week. Mr. Zell offered an audience of more than 400 students, faculty, staff, and community leaders his reflections on why he is so successful.

From "unjustifiable self confidence" to "walking right when everyone else is walking left," Sam Zell challenges conventional wisdom by looking at things differently, by seeing opportunity and solutions where others don't. His motivation is to test his limits, to learn how good he can be.

And that is the type of learning environment we offer students in the College of Business -- an environment where they can test their limits, think differently and come up with creative solutions to challenges, and craft ways to sell others on their ideas.

Like Sam Zell, College of Business students are learning to maximize their talents.


Avijit Ghosh

January 2006

Avijit Ghosh, College of Business dean.

Avijit Ghosh




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