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March 4, 2016
Interview with Charles Iacovou
Farrell Business Hall
2:45 pm
Q: What is your official title within the Business School?
A: Dean
Q: How long have you held this role?
A: This is my second year.
Q: Where were you before you took this job?
A: Though first a professor at Georgetown, I came to Wake to assume the position of Senior
Associate and then later, Vice Dean.
Q: Why did you decide to leave? Specifically, why did you decide to come to Wake Forest?
A: I’m from Cyprus, worked as a professor at Georgetown, took a leave of absence to go
home, and when I returned in 2001, colleagues from Georgetown were at WF and told me
to come. “Education is a wonderful way to change someone’s life” and “Wake Forest does
that”; Wake Forest is an institution that shares my values/what I believe in and I like how
the campus is very student-centric.
1. High quality- rankings, quality, etc.
2. Small/intimate/personal; flexible and innovating
My colleagues came and asked to help establish a new department but I stayed because I
fell in love with the University’s values.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Wake Forest Business school?
A: I love how dedicated faculty and staff are to the personal success of the student (not just
education holistic perspective); it does not teach just conceptual/theoretical ideas but
rather focuses on career success and personal fulfillment.
Q: Wake Business school graduates have a 98% placement rate after graduation. Given
how high that number is, what are your thoughts on this? How does this compare to other
business schools?
A: This success rate is extremely better than other schools. Wake is committed to personal
success (including career goals) and they invest a lot of resources to make sure their
students find a meaningful first job. However, there is still room for improvement we
don’t want to place our students in just a job or a grad school, we need the right job or grad
school. It is “our job to make sure that you wind up in the right place after graduation” and
we make a strong commitment to the career outcomes of the students.
Q: The business school is frequented by students of all ages for its atmosphere; is the open
architecture successful in its attempt at a collaborative environment?
A: The design exceeded expectations it changes how students and faculty work together.
The environment fosters teamwork/social gatherings in a living room setting which
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