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Yale SOM Dean to Step Down in 2019

The Yale School of Management has announced that its dean, Edward “Ted” Snyder, will step down at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Snyder came to Yale in 2011, having already been dean at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. By almost any measure, his time at Yale has been a success.

 As Yale president Peter Salovey puts it, Yale SOM “has reached and exceeded several significant milestones, emerging as one of the country’s most forward-looking business schools” during Snyder’s tenure. 

Snyder oversaw the launch of several new degree programs, including the Master of Advanced Management and the Master of Management Studies, which has tracks in Global Business and Society and Systemic Risk. 

He also made changes to the MBA curriculum, including the addition of a new leadership component and a global studies requirement.

 But the achievements during Snyder’s time at Yale SOM go much further than new degrees or curriculum revisions. For example, there’s the construction of the school’s impressive new Edward P. Evans Hall. 

Then there’s the creation of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 32 leading international business schools initiated by Yale SOM.

Salovey highlights how Snyder has boosted Yale SOM’s international cred: “Because of Ted’s vision and initiative, SOM is the most international of all American business schools, preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities of a complex global world.”

 With these kinds of initiatives underway, maybe it’s no surprise that Yale SOM has risen in business school rankings while Snyder has been dean. 

At the beginning of 2016, Poets & Quants named Snyder dean of the year. Among other things, they cited a 25 percent increase in MBA applications in 2015. 

More generally, they argued that Snyder had pulled off Yale SOM’s “major repositioning as a business school that is more deeply connected to its home university and one that is the most global of the U.S. business schools.”

 Certainly, there’s no doubt that Yale SOM has been firing on all cylinders over the last seven years. So if you have Yale on your MBA application list, you’re not alone!

 Naturally, then, you might be wondering how you stack up at the school and how the adcom will perceive your application. We can give you feedback on that and help you hone an application that emphasizes your unique strengths – ask us for a free assessment!