Dartmouth Tuck Loses Its Admissions Chief

Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, will leave that position on September 18 to return to Stanford University, where he served as director of MBA admissions at the Graduate School of Business from 2012 to 2017.

An economic recession and severe application downturn were only the opening acts of the turbulent era during which Luke Anthony Peña served as executive director of MBA admissions and financial aid at the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business. Then coronavirus hit. Yet as Peña prepares to leave the Tuck School this month after just three years, he leaves behind a B-school with as strong an incoming MBA class in key metrics as any in recent history — and one that also makes history with the proportion of women enrolled.

In a move announced to the school community last Friday (August 28),

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What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number

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