On Growing (into) Pardee RAND
When the Pardee RAND staff heard that the former Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations was going to be the next dean, we wondered if she'd be bored. We had a full-time staff of barely five people and a budget of not quite $3 million in a good year; how could this possibly be big enough for her? Well, it wasn’t.
But that didn't stop her, because she had ideas. Lots and lots of them. And she knew how to win friends and influence people and turn her ideas into reality. Before long, on all the metrics that matter, we were seeing amazing growth across the board. Our staff size doubled and tripled and then grew some more. Our cohorts grew larger, and scholarship funding increased, as did our endowment.
Well, you get the picture. Over her tenure, Susan made the job big enough for her, and in the process, she changed the school profoundly and for the better.