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Gala event to celebrate Goizueta's 90th anniversary

Goizueta Business School will celebrate its 90th anniversary in a gala event on December 2, 2009, at the High Museum of Art. The event will honor distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Goizueta, toasting the last 90 years through awards and a video program on how the school has helped shape the lives of many. Earlier this year, Goizueta conducted an online survey, through its website and alumni e-news, requesting write-in votes for awards in several categories: Outstanding Corporate Partner, Outstanding Staff Impact, Outstanding Faculty Impact, and Alumni Lifetime Achievement. After the votes were tallied, the following emerged as the winners:

Outstanding Corporate Partner:
The Coca-Cola Company

Senior executives from The Coca-Cola Company joined the 90th anniversary festivities, which included an award to the beverage giant as Outstanding Corporate Partner.  Pictured from left, Sonya Soutus, Tracey Mackey 95MBA, Gary Fayard, Javier Goizueta, Robin Moore 87BBA, Clyde Tuggle, Phil Mooney, and Rocky Rief.

Incorporated in 1892 by Asa Candler, The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands sold in over 200 countries. The Company boasts over 3,000 beverage varieties and nearly 1.6 billion consumer servings per day. With a portfolio that includes thirteen billion-dollar brands, The Coca-Cola Company’s net operating revenues grew 11% to $31.9 billion in 2008.

The Coca-Cola Company employs 92,400 associates worldwide, with the majority working outside the US. In 2008, more than 70% of the Company’s net operating revenues were generated outside of North America. The Company is the largest private-sector employer across all of Africa, and Coca-Cola India recently won the prestigious Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Reflecting its commitment to building sustainable communities, The Coca-Cola Company recently made the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the first time.

Most importantly, the Company has a long-standing history of supporting both Emory University and Goizueta Business School in particular. The alliance stretches from Asa Candler’s assistance in 1919 in establishing Emory University in Atlanta, to the Woodruff family’s record-breaking gift in 1979, to Roberto C. Goizueta’s pivotal legacy of generosity, achievement, and leadership. The Coca-Cola Company also held the distinction of being a top employer of Goizueta graduates for over a decade and currently employs over 100 Goizueta graduates both locally and abroad.

Outstanding Staff Impact Award (shared): Andrea Hershatter and Julie Barefoot

Long-time coworkers and friends, Andrea Hershatter, left, and Julie Barefoot share award.

Andrea Hershatter began her career at Goizueta in 1988 as the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs. One of her first actions was to hire co-winner Julie Barefoot as the Associate Director of Admissions. Hershatter went on to become Assistant Dean of Students, then Associate Dean of Academic programs, where she provided class management to the school’s five degree programs and helped create the Evening MBA Program. Since 1996, Hershatter has been serving as the Associate Dean and Director of the BBA Program and teaching entrepreneurship. She is responsible for all aspects of developing, enhancing, and delivering one of the world’s finest undergraduate business programs. A mother of two who also feels that her students are family, Hershatter says, “to some extent this award reflects the number of people I’ve touched; I am very honored by it and have been equally enriched by each member of the Emory community who has touched my life.”

Described by Hershatter as “a phenomenal advocate for Emory and the most people-oriented person I have ever met,” Julie Barefoot joined Goizueta when the business school enrolled fewer than 100 students in the two-year MBA program. A self-described “jack of all trades” in those years, Barefoot juggled BBA and MBA admissions, student orientation, student support, and the graduation ceremonies. In 1994, Barefoot was asked to oversee admissions for all MBA programs, which by then included the Evening MBA and the Modular EMBA, which she helped launch. Today, Barefoot typically recruits in a dozen countries and oversees upwards of 100 MBA recruiting events each year. Although much has changed in the last two decades, Barefoot says one thing remains constant: “At its core, my job is to make every alum’s degree more valuable.”

Outstanding Faculty Impact Award:
Art Dietz

Arthur Dietz was known as “Mr. Business School.”

Arthur Dietz, the founder and director of Emory’s MBA program, had, according to his widow, Mrs. Margie L. Dietz, a very special connection to Goizueta, developed over many decades:

“He was so proud of the school and his students, and he was especially impressed by the new building. It was a wonderful surprise when they dedicated the Dietz classroom there. He loved visiting the campus and keeping in touch with former students.”

Dietz was director of the MBA program for twenty-five years, after which he became chairman of the finance department, where he ended his teaching career as the Mills B. Lane Professor of Finance and Banking.

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award:
John Spiegel 65MBA

John Spiegel 65MBA spearheaded the fundraising effort for The Goizueta Foundation Center for Research and Doctoral Education.

John Spiegel received his MBA in 1965, and he also served as a research associate to Outstanding Faculty member Art Dietz at IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Switzerland. “I’ve been involved with the school in one way or another since I graduated,” says Spiegel. “And that’s because of two things: the first is the real desire to learn that I picked up at Emory Business School, and the second is the realization of just how valuable the combination of an informed and interested group of people’s intellectual talent can be. Both made a great difference in my business career.”

As chairman of the Goizueta Leadership Alliance, Spiegel headed the campaign to raise money for The Goizueta Foundation Center for Research and Doctoral Education, bringing together volunteers, alumni, corporate partners, foundations, parents, students, and faculty.

Spiegel served as CFO of SunTrust, where he was credited with providing steady leadership during a long period of earnings growth. Today, Spiegel is chairman of the board of S1 Corporation and feels that the “prospects for Goizueta have never been brighter. We have seen that in terms of not just facilities and wonderful growth of intellectual capacity, but also the strength of faculty and staff. Put that together with the applicant pool and it bodes well for the future of the school.”

Cynthia Blakeley and Kate Yandoh

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