Message from the Dean

At Gies College of Business, we are more than business. We are business on purpose. That means every initiative we undertake, every decision we make is done with intention. It means we are passionately pursuing our vision to lead the world in innovation and life-changing access to business education.

Innovation is the lifeblood of our College. It is a purposeful endeavor and is integral to how we deliver business education. We are committed to providing an environment and programs where big ideas can become reality, where collaborative thinking among students and faculty solve today’s business problems, where students inspire one another to dream big and to make a difference in the world of business and in society.

Our vision also includes a commitment to deliver life-changing access to business education. Access is the cornerstone of our land-grant mission. Our commitment to innovation is enhanced when we are able to open our doors to talented students, regardless of their financial resources.

We don’t look to follow trends. We look to set trends, to break molds, to push beyond boundaries. And we’re purposeful, resolute, and unwavering in how we do it. We’re big thinkers and big doers. And that makes a big difference.

Jeffrey R. Brown
Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean


About Dean Brown

Jeffrey Brown is the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Endowed Professor of Business and Dean of Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as a professor of finance and was the founding director of the Center for Business and Public Policy. Jeff is co-director of the Disability and Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, MA; a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee for TIAA; a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ); vice chair of the Board of Managers of UI Singapore Research LLC; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Urban Institute/Brookings Institution’s Tax Policy Center. Previously, he has served as a senior economist with the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He earned his PhD in economics from MIT, his MPP from Harvard, and his BA from Miami University (Ohio).

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