As Kellogg dean, Sally Blount has overseen a rebranding initiative, a scaling back of the two-year MBA to focus on the one-year program, plans for a $200 million campus expansion and several new hires. The school announced she would step at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.
“While we’re trying to make sure women get into science and technology, they’re also underrepresented in business careers,” Blount told Blue Sky. She said there are four main phases when women need extra support: when they launch their careers, have children, progress through child-rearing and prepare for the transition to senior leadership roles.
Blount has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to her position at Kellogg, she served as the dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business from 2004 to 2010.
Blount received her Ph.D. in management and organizations from Kellogg in 1992. She earned a joint bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson and engineering schools. She serves on the board of directors at Abbott Laboratories and the advisory boards for the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Blount is a director at Abbott Laboratories.