Being back at Babson is an exciting homecoming. I have held many Babson titles over the past three decades: student, faculty, alumus, and leader. Now, my career as an entrepreneur and academic comes full circle, and I am honored and energized to add president to that list.
Over the past seven months, I have met thousands of members of the Babson community at hundreds of events and meetings on campus and around the world. Hearing from this smart and passionate community has been inspiring. My goal is to continue to engage with all of you in ways that are meaningful to you, valuable to the College, and impactful for our students.
As I return to Babson, it is clear that while much has changed—including our newly transformed campus—Babson remains dedicated to teaching and learning, and committed to excellence. The trajectory of growth at Babson has been immense, and the culture of entrepreneurship and consistency of mission is motivating and important. Today, the world needs entrepreneurship more than ever.
The pace of change in the world and workplace is accelerating, and every industry, including higher education, is being disrupted. Disruption and change create new opportunities to advance our differentiator—Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®. By engaging the entire Babson community in a collaborative strategic planning process, we will prepare the College to thrive in today’s evolving environment. I ask you to participate in this effort and to share your input and ideas as we plan for Babson’s future (see The Courage to be Bold for more information on strategic planning).
I look forward to connecting with you as we continue to celebrate Babson’s Centennial and envision our next 100 years. The enthusiasm and collaboration of the global Babson community will empower our ongoing innovation and success and build on our legacy and leadership in entrepreneurship education. It is great to be back at Babson.
Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD