To honor the longtime companion and friend, Donald Jacobs, founder of Kellogg’s Executive MBA Global Network, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management inaugurated the Don Jacobs Garden in the courtyard of the WHU campus in Vallendar, on October 25, 2019.
Before Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, disclosed the commemorative plaque together with Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of Kellogg’s Executive MBA Global Network, both reminisced about their amicable relationship to Donald Jacobs. "Donald Jacobs was a human catcher and he was respected because he respected people," Rudolf said. "He was reliable and trustworthy and one of the greatest deans of his time. It is thanks to Donald Jacobs that the Kellogg-WHU partnership is so strong."
The Kellogg EMBA Global Network was the brainchild of Dean Donald P. Jacobs. He steered Kellogg School of Management for 26 years, reinventing the modern business school at a time when MBA graduates were regarded as having excellent business skills but weaker soft skills. Jacobs recognized that a student-led approach with international collaboration and co-curricular activities generated crucial learning opportunities.
The union of Kellogg and WHU represents an outstanding example of effective synergy between the US and Europe. In 2018, this network celebrated its 20th anniversary.