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Melanie Barnett
  Melanie Barnett

Ross Alumna to Lead Executive Education Program at the School

6/26/2008 --

Melanie Barnett is appointed chief executive of the Ross School’s Executive Education Program.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Melanie Barnett, MBA '91, executive director and member of the senior management team at the Ross School of Business Executive Education Program, recently was appointed to the department's chief executive position following a national search.

Ross' Executive Education Program consistently has ranked among the top programs in the world during Barnett's tenure. In her time as executive director, as well as in her previous capacity as director, Barnett managed high-profile accounts, developed strategy, created a new outreach department, and increased the number and depth of corporate client relationships. Under her direction, customized executive programs at Ross grew more than 30 percent.

"While we obviously were aware of what Melanie already has done in the role of executive director, the capability, motivation, and leadership skills that shone through in her interview process were most compelling," says Ross School Dean Robert Dolan of Barnett's appointment.

In her new role as chief executive, Barnett will build on her experience managing customized programs and leading initiatives to widen the scope of Ross's Executive Education Program worldwide. She will oversee all of the department's offerings, including enrollment programs, custom programs, executive coaching, and the speakers' bureau.

"I plan to continue the important work of building upon Ross' success and reputation as a world leader in executive education," says Barnett. "Every day, we work to deliver programs that help to build exceptional leaders who deliver results for their organizations. Together with faculty and staff, I will be identifying opportunities to grow our business, domestically and internationally."

Ross' slate of executive education courses runs the gamut from advanced finance and supply chain management to strategic marketing and healthcare management. The school's diverse and accomplished faculty attracts a global audience with its competitive insight and knowledge regarding practical applications of next and best practices.

Barnett joined the Ross School after serving as the business and program development manager for Michigan State University's Executive Development Program. Prior to that, she was the president of the Leadership and Learning Alliance, where she also was an adjunct faculty member of several BBA programs throughout Michigan.

Barnett graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in education in 1983. She earned her MBA degree from Ross in 1991. She is a member of the board of directors of the International University Consortium for Executive Education and also serves on the Alumni Leadership Council board for the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

Written by Leah Sipher-Mann

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,