Facts & Stats
Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and currently enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students throughout its ten schools, including law, medicine, education, divinity and management. The combination of cutting-edge research, liberal arts and a distinguished medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex problems related to health, culture, society and commerce.
An independent and privately supported university with more than 2,500 faculty, Vanderbilt is located a mile and a half from downtown Nashville on a park-like campus that was designated a national arboretum in 1988.
Owen Graduate School of Management
In 1969, the Owen Graduate School of Management opened its doors to ten students and ten faculty members in a former funeral home. Today, Owen is one of the world’s top business schools. Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Owen is widely recognized for its challenging academics, stimulating and innovative research environment, strong student/faculty ratio and a spirit of teamwork. The school was renamed in 1977 in honor of Lulu and Ralph "Peck" Owen, former chairman of American Express. The school offers full-time MBA, Health Care MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Masters of Accountancy, Masters of Management in Health Care, PhD, and Executive Development programs.
Leadership: M. Eric Johnson
Prior to being named dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 2013, M. Eric Johnson served as Associate Dean for the MBA program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, where he was also Faculty Director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Sciences of Administration. He began his academic career at Owen, where he taught from 1991-1999. One of the youngest professors to receive tenure in the school’s history, Johnson twice won the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award while at Owen.
Johnson’s teaching and research focus on the impact of information technology on the extended enterprise. Through grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Johnson studies how information technology improves process execution, but also how security failures create friction throughout the extended enterprise. He is currently focused on the role of information technology to improve healthcare quality and reduce cost. He has authored patents on interface design and has testified before the U.S. Congress on information security.
In addition to his academic research, Johnson has consulted with global companies such as Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Nike and Accenture. His writing and expert commentary have been featured in global media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, New York Times, and Bloomberg News. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Honors and Rankings
Vanderbilt's MBA programs are consistently ranked in the top 10% of accredited business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek
, U.S. News & World Report
, Financial Times
, The Economist
#3 — The Financial Engineer
: Masters of Finance (2015)
#4 — Financial Times:
HR, specialty MBA programs among U.S. schools, #7 globally (2012)
#9 — Bloomberg Businessweek
: MBA Leadership Curriculum (2013)
#10 — FindMBA
: Health Care, specialty MBA programs globally (2012)
#11 — Poets & Quants
: Highest job placement rates for full-time MBA program (2013)
#12 — Leadership Excellence
: Best Leadership Development Programs (2012)
#18 — Financial Times
: Executive MBA among U.S.-only programs, #67 globally (2013)
#18 — Poets & Quants
: Most Lucrative MBA Degrees In The U.S. (2014)
#19 — Bloomberg Businessweek
: Highest-paid MBA alumni (2012)
#19 —MilitaryMBA.net: Top MBA (2015)
#20 — The Economist
: Full-time MBA among North American programs, #29 globally (2014)
#21 — CNN Expansion
(Mexico): Full-time MBA program among U.S. programs, #35 globally (2013)
#22 — Bloomberg Businessweek
: Return on investment for full-time MBA program (2010)
#24 — Business Insider
: Among U.S. business schools, #31 globally, (2014)
#24 — America Economia
: Full-time MBA among global MBA programs for Latin America (2013)
#25 — Wall Street Journal
: Executive MBA (2010)
#25 — Poets & Quants
: Full-time MBA (2014)
#27 — U.S. News and World Report
: Full-time MBA (2016)
#29 — Financial Times
: Full-time MBA among U.S. programs, #61 globally (2015)
#30 — Bloomberg Businessweek
: Full-time MBA (2014)
#31 — Beyond Grey Pinstripes (The Aspen Institute): MBA program ranking among U.S. schools for integration of social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum, #43 globally (2011)
#35 — Bloomberg Businessweek:
Top Executive MBA Programs (2013)
#36 — Poets & Quants for Executives
: Executive MBA (2014)
#39 — Forbes
: Full-time MBA (2013)
Forté Foundation — Owen is a sponsoring member of the global non-profit consortium of top business schools and leading companies working together to launch women into fulfilling careers. (2014-2015)
: Owen was ranked #4 Best Professors, #8 Best Administered, and #10 Best Green MBA (2014)
Research and Learning Centers
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management boasts four Research and Learning Centers, two housed entirely within the business school and two in a cross-disciplinary collaborative effort with other schools on the Vanderbilt campus.
Financial Markets Research Center (FMRC)
The Owen Entrepreneurship Center
Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions
Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS)
We are proud of all Owen alumni. They represent the best in the business—intelligent go-getters with a great deal of integrity. They demonstrate the desire to succeed as well as help others to perform to their potential. Here are just a few who exemplify the Owen spirit.
John Bogle, MBA ’83, President, Bogle Investment Management
David Farr, MBA ’81, Chairman & CEO, Emerson Electric Company
Adena Friedman, MBA, ’93, CFO, Carlyle Group
David Ingram, MBA ’89, Chairman & President, Ingram Entertainment, Founder and Chairman, DBI Beverage
John Ingram, MBA ’86, Chairman, Ingram Industries Inc.
David Kloeppel, MBA ’96, Founder, Domus Hospitality LLC
Margaret Mitchell, MBA ’82, Executive Director of Marketing, Merck & Co.
Doug Parker, MBA ’86, CEO, American Airlines
Josué Christiano Gomes da Silva, MBA '89, Chairman and CEO, Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas – Coteminas
Heiki Miki, MBA '96, General Manager – Overseas Sales, Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
Karen Rogers, MBA '84, Fed Ex