Archive for June, 2012

Maurer appointed interim executive director of Levy-Rosenblum Institute

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Dean Ira Solomon has named Ralph Maurer, professor of practice and executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, to a one-year appointment as interim executive director of the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Ralph Maurer, professor of practice, has been named interim executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Maurer will replace John B. Elstrott Jr., professor of practice and founding executive director of the institute, who is retiring after 25 years at the Freeman School.

Maurer joined Tulane in 2009 and has served as a visiting assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship and an adjunct professor of management. In July 2011, he was appointed executive director of the Tulane Family Business Center, a program of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute that offers programming,  support and consulting services for family owned enterprises. Maurer will continue to serve in that role in addition to serving as executive director of the institute.

From October 2010 to December 2011, Maurer served as executive director of the New Orleans Startup Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund that provides local high-potential ventures with seed capital. He is also a co-founder and principal in EMH Strategy, a strategy and management consulting firm that assists businesses experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues.

Maurer’s teaching and research focus on innovation and strategy in highly dynamic markets, with an emphasis on both technology and the cultural industries. His work and consulting experience includes time with Apple, Daimler-Benz, Chrysler, Deluxe and multiple internet startups. Maurer earned a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Florida, and a BS from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1991, the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) inspires and trains prospective entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects and internships. Students have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student-based entrepreneurial association that provides a training ground for business development. In 2011, the Freeman School’s entrepreneurship program was ranked 14th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine/The Princeton Review.

Master of Finance program earns national recognition

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

For the second straight year, the Financial Times has named the Freeman School’s Master of Finance program as one of the best in the world.

MFIN Program ranked 30th globally

The Freeman School’s MFIN program was ranked 30th internationally and third among U.S.-based programs in the Financial Times’ latest rating of pre-experience master’s in finance programs, which FT defines as programs aimed at students with little or no work experience. The ranking, part of FT’s Financial Training 2012 special report, was published on June 18.

“Rankings are ultimately just a derivative of what we do, but external recognition is always welcomed and appreciated,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “We’re committed to making Freeman one of the nation’s premier institutions for graduate programs in business, so this outstanding showing in the Financial Times, coupled with the recent exceptional results for MBA placement, is gratifying evidence that our efforts are paying off. ”

The Financial Times surveys both the schools and their alumni to rank the top master’s programs in finance. Programs are rated on criteria including the salary and career progress of graduates, the relative value of the program, placement success, school diversity, and international exposure and mobility. To see the full ranking of pre-experience master’s in finance programs, visit

Freeman hosts Chinese delegation

Friday, June 15th, 2012

The Freeman School hosted a delegation of 50 education officials from China. (Photo by Sally Asher)

On June 1, the Freeman School hosted a delegation of 50 representatives from Chinese universities as well as officials from China’s Ministry of Education.

The visit, which Tulane hosted at the request of the Commerce Department,  was part of a trip to the United States to build connections and learn more about educational opportunities for Chinese students. The Freeman School coordinated the delegation’s visit to Tulane, which included a tour of the uptown campus and presentations in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II about the university’s programs in business, engineering and architecture.

TABA announces 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Nationally recognized entrepreneurship expert Carl J. Schramm and Hancock Holding Co. President and CEO Carl Chaney highlight a distinguished lineup of speakers on tap for the 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum.

Carl J. Schramm

Carl Chaney

The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA), will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

“This year’s forum, ‘Scoring Big: Building on Business Victories,’ highlights recent economic successes in the greater New Orleans region,” says David Kearney (MBA ’08), forum chair. “We’re excited to explore the idea of making American capitalism more entrepreneurial with keynote speaker Carl Schramm, and with other presentations on sports-related economic development, public policy and politics, and the regional banking sector, we hope to help attendees better understand how these business victories might impact their own organizations and activities.”

Schramm is a leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. As president of the Kauffman Foundation for 10 years, Schramm built the organization into the world’s premier foundation dedicated to the development of high-growth firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth.

Chaney has served as CEO and director of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Hancock Bank, since 2006 and as president since 2008. In 2011, he guided Hancock through its acquisition of Whitney Holding Co., parent company of Whitney Bank.

This year’s forum will also feature a panel discussion on sports and economic development with Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation; Rick Dickson, director of athletics at Tulane University; Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG; and Hugh Weber, president of the New Orleans Hornets.

In addition, Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, will discuss public policy, politics and business; John C. Sheptor, president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Co., will discuss repositioning to create value, and Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, will discuss the state of intercollegiate athletics.

The 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum is sponsored by Whitney Bank and the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. For more information and to register online, visit


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