In Other News… MBA Rankings, a Rapper Keynote Speaker, and a Notable Donation

The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. Each week, in addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup. Here is what caught our eye this week:

  • In its recently released 2015 MBA rankings, Poets & Quants named Harvard Business School (HBS) the best MBA program in the country. Last year’s number one program, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, switched spots with HBS and landed in second place. The top ten remained largely similar to the 2014 rankings, with only Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business dropping out—making room for the Yale School of Management, which was ranked tenth.

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  • HBS is accustomed to having notable visitors, but one upcoming guest might generate more excitement than usual: Jay Z. The rapper and business mogul, born Shawn Carter, will serve as a keynote speaker at the 44th annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference on campus in February. The conference carries the theme “Transcend: Redefining Expectations” and will also feature American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and singer Alicia Keys as speakers. *Update: As of December 10, 2015, Jay Z and Alicia Keys will no longer attend the 44th annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference. For more information, visit
  • The Hagan School of Business at Iona College will undergo a complete transformation following the receipt of a $15M gift—the largest single gift in the institution’s history—from Iona alum Robert LaPenta. A remarkable construction and renovation project will enable the business school to nearly triple its facilities.

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