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Nierenberg named associate dean at Stanford Business School
STANFORD -- Karen Nierenberg, director of development at the Business School, has been named the school's associate dean for external affairs.
With the September appointment, Nierenberg became the highest ranking woman in the Graduate School of Business administration.
In her new position, Nierenberg will represent the school to all external constituencies. She also will oversee the offices of alumni affairs, development, and news and publications. The appointment followed a national search.
Nierenberg, who joined the Business School in 1986, has had extensive experience dealing with the public, especially with potential students, alumni and other friends of the school. As director of development for the past two years, she led the effort to raise funds for faculty research, established an endowment fund for the school's Public Management Program, and hired a development officer to address the particular interests and concerns of alumnae.
As admissions director, Nierenberg was responsible for recruiting and admitting the MBA classes of 1990 through 1992. She also created "Admit Day," an annual event each spring when potential MBA students - admitted but not yet committed to the program - visit the school to sit in on classes and meet faculty and students.
Nierenberg came to the Business School from the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she spent two years as clinical research coordinator.
"Karen has distinguished herself in nine years of service to the university," said A. Michael Spence, dean of the Graduate School of Business, "and she has acquired a deep understanding of and commitment to the academic mission of the Business School.
"In her new role, she will continue to expand her involvement and facilitate communication across a broad range of constituencies," Spence said.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Nierenberg received her MBA from the University of Santa Clara in 1984. At Stanford, she has been a member of the Office of Development's personnel advisory group and a board member of the Stanford Hillel Foundation. She also has served on committees of the national Graduate Management Admission Council, studying educational program development in business schools and the development of the minority MBA applicant pool.
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