During the ceremonies, Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss, higher education leader and former Lake Forest College President, was honored with the Distinguished Executive Award for 2013.
“We are pleased to honor Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss with our Distinguished Executive Award for 2013,” said John Popoli. “He is an example of great leadership, great contribution, great compassion and great dedication. His accomplishments in the higher education industry, particularly during his tenure as President at Lake Forest College, are nothing short of legend. And his service to our own Board of Directors and involvement with our MBA students through his generous creation of the Hotchkiss Scholar Program has forever changed the trajectory of our School.”
Dr. Hotchkiss was introduced by LFGSM founding president Maurice F. “Moose” Dunne, who praised his former colleague as a leader dedicated to quality.
In his address, Dr. Hotchkiss offered sage advice to the Class of 2013. “When the unexpected arrives in your life, I urge you to grab hold of it, to enjoy it, and to make it work. We all occasionally come across those unexpected turns of events. Now, more than ever – because of your success here – I urge you to grasp them and make the most of them.”
Sharing his unique insight into LFGSM’s beginnings, he reflected on what he called the “almost dizzying growth” that evolved the program from its first classes in a Quonset hut on the campus of Lake Forest College after World War II into one of the region’s leading MBA programs. The key lesson, he said, is to “…not simply ‘go with the flow,’ or to grow in numbers, or to find a special niche, as the School has consistently done, but to do so with quality foremost, as the School has always insisted, and to apply your learning to real business challenges that make an impact.”
He concluded by praising LFGSM’s “courageous leadership” in the face of new challenges facing higher education, citing examples such as their “emphasis on competencies, the inclusion of global experiences…and the introduction of the Immersion MBA.” He also noted his great pride in the new Hotchkiss Scholars' program, which highlights community leadership with a global business focus.
He holds an AB degree in History from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Student Personnel & Guidance from Cornell University. To read more about Dr. Hotchkiss and the Hotchkiss Scholar Scholarship Fund, go here