International University Consortium for Executive Education Announces New Board Leaders

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UNICON, which represents more than 100 executive education programs worldwide, has named Melanie Weaver Barnett as chair and Rochelle Weichman as vice chair.

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Melanie Weaver Barnett is the chair of UNICON, which this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding and includes more than 100 executive education program members from around the world.

The International Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON), a member organization of the executive education programs of leading business schools around the world -- today announced its new board leaders. Melanie Weaver Barnett, chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, is now chair. Rochelle Weichman, Associate Dean at MIT Sloan School of Management, is now vice chair. Their positions became effective at the UNICON board meeting prior to the member workshop, “Leveraging Social Media for Business Value in Executive Education,” on July 11-12, 2012 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School.

UNICON is governed by an elected board of directors – including a chair, vice chair and 10 additional board members, all executive education leaders from leading business schools. Barnett replaces outgoing chair Bill Shedden, director of the Centre for Customised Executive Development at Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom, who now will serve as the immediate past chair.

“UNICON continues to advance the importance of university-based executive education under the leadership of its outstanding chairs, vice chairs and dedicated board members,” noted UNICON Executive Director Bill Scheurer. “Our immediate past chair Bill Shedden provided that leadership and we look forward to the continued energy and vision that Melanie Barnett and Rochelle Weichman bring to their new roles as chair and vice chair of this growing, international organization.”

Barnett was appointed to the Ross School of Business chief executive position following a national search in 2008. Under her direction, customized executive programs at Ross have grown more than 40 percent. With a background in biomedical engineering and management, Weichman has served the MIT Sloan community for more than 22 years. She began as assistant director of the Management of Technology (MOT) Program and now serves as the associate dean for degree and non-degree executive education.

Other UNICON board changes include the addition of three new members, including Guy Saunders, INSEAD; Elena Escagedo, IE; and Clark Callahan, Dartmouth. UNICON board members serve six-year terms, including service on one of its seven committees: benchmarking, board continuity, communications, conference support, finance, membership and research.

Founded in 1972 as an association of executive education program directors, UNICON has evolved from an informal common-interest group into an incorporated non-profit consortium committed to advancing the field of university- and business school-based executive education. Membership is composed of more than 100 educational institutions from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

UNICON is committed to the principle that academically based executive education provides a combination of thought-leadership at the highest levels of rigor, masterful learning environments and practical application that cannot be replicated by non-academic providers.

The organization sponsors and conducts research studies that bring to the forefront this unique value of business-school-based executive education. It also provides industry/operational knowledge and networking opportunities for members through conferences, workshops, research, benchmarking, website, newsletters, job postings, discussion boards and forums and other activities.

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