For the first time since Dean Damon has taken his position, we got to hear his vision for the future of the school. Now, the presentation contained some very sensitive information so I'm not going to speak of it here, but he indicated some very interesting points.
Firstly, a prime reason why students like Tepper is because of the current students. I'm in complete agreement there - it was what sold me on the school. The very small community fosters a family feeling amongst everyone, and the type of people that the school really tries to fill the student body with are those people who are passionate about the school and are very friendly and down-to-earth folks.
Secondly, the faculty was quoted as being another draw. I'll admit, it wasn't so much for me, but I can tell you, I was awestruck when it was told to me that one of my professors last mini won the Nobel-equivalent award for operations research - Gerard Cornejols. It's even more incredible sitting in class being taught concepts that originated from the teaching professor's research. The faculty here is really top-notch and really should feature prominently in students' selection of schools.
It's going to be an exciting couple of years for Tepper. A new building is on the books, a pretty significant curriculum change is going to be introduced for next year's class, and the Dean is really trying hard to get a lot more of the alumni to be very active with the Tepper community. I know it's a little premature, but I look forward to being one of those alums.