Opening Ceremony

Dean Ted Snyder, Yale president Peter Salovey, former Yale SOM dean Sharon M. Oster, founding Yale SOM dean William Donaldson, and William Beinecke, a longtime friend and supporter of the school, will welcome alumni and friends, recognize the people who have contributed to the creation of Edward P. Evans Hall, and reflect on how Evans Hall will help fulfill Yale SOM's founding mission and aspirations.

Speakers
William S. Beinecke YC '36
Retired Business Executive and Philanthropist

William H. Donaldson YC '53
Founding Dean, Yale School of Management

Sharon M. Oster
Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship & Director, Program on Social Enterprise, Yale School of Management

Peter Salovey PhD '86
President & Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Edward A. Snyder
Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, Yale School of Management

Biographies

William S. Beinecke William S. Beinecke

William S. Beinecke YC '36

Retired Business Executive and Philanthropist

William S. Beinecke is a philanthropist and businessman who has helped shape many parts of Yale University. Born in New York City, he graduated from Yale College in 1936 and Columbia Law School in 1940, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After leaving the service, he helped found the law firm Casey, Beinecke and Chase. Between 1952 and his retirement in 1980, he served as general counsel, president, and chairman of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company, which was co-founded by his great-uncle, Thomas Sperry, and purchased, owned, and operated by the Beinecke family. A member of the Yale Corporation from 1971 to 1982, he advocated for the establishment of a management school at Yale and has been a crucial supporter for the school’s entire history. He received an honorary degree from Yale in 1986, and in 2000, was awarded the Yale Medal, given in recognition of extensive, exemplary voluntary service on behalf of the University.

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William H. Donaldson William H. Donaldson William H. Donaldson YC '53

Founding Dean, Yale School of Management

William H. Donaldson has spent more than 40 years at the highest levels of business, government and academia. Until June 30, 2005 he served as the 27th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As SEC Chairman, Mr. Donaldson was the chief regulator of America’s securities markets and chief enforcer of the nation’s securities laws. His tenure marked the greatest period of activity of the Agency since its founding in 1934. He is currently Chairman of Donaldson Enterprises, a private investment firm and is a member of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB).

Prior to heading the SEC, Mr. Donaldson was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, Inc. one of the nation’s largest providers of health insurance and related benefits, and before that he served as Chairman and Chief Executive of the New York Stock Exchange. Earlier in his career, he was the Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the investment banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and helped found its wholly owned subsidiary the Alliance Capital Management Corporation. He was selected as Business Man of the Year by the Associated Press when DLJ became the first NYSE firm to sell its shares to the public.

He left DLJ to accept a Presidential appointment as United States Undersecretary of State under Secretary Henry Kissinger and subsequently served as Counsel to the then Vice President of the United States, Nelson Rockefeller. Following that, he was the Founding Dean and William S. Beinecke Professor of Management at the Yale University School of Management.

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Sharon M. Oster Sharon M. Oster Sharon M. Oster

Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship & Director, Program on Social Enterprise, Yale School of Management

Sharon Oster served as dean of the Yale School of Management from 2008 to 2011. She is a specialist in competitive strategy, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, the economics of regulation and antitrust, and nonprofit strategy. She has written extensively on the regulation of business and competitive strategy. Professor Oster's book, Modern Competitive Analysis, used widely at management schools, integrates a broad range of views in its analysis of management strategy and emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning. Her second book, Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations, takes the same economic approach to managing nonprofit organizations. Professor Oster has consulted widely to private, public, and nonprofit organizations.

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Peter Salovey Peter Salovey Peter Salovey PhD '86

President & Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology.

After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, Salovey earned three degrees at Yale in psychology: an M.S. (1983), M.Phil (1984), and Ph.D. (1986). He served as Yale’s provost from October 2008 to January 2013, and is the only Yale president to serve as dean of the graduate school (2003-2004), dean of Yale College (2004 -2008) and provost.

Salovey has authored or edited over a dozen books translated into eleven languages and published hundreds of journal articles and essays in his field of social psychology. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “Emotional Intelligence,” the theory that people have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action.

In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of graduate students, Salovey has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

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Edward A. Snyder Edward A. Snyder Edward A. Snyder

Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, Yale School of Management

Edward A. Snyder is Dean and William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management at the Yale School of Management. As Dean, he has overall responsibility for the school’s academic programs, for enhancing its reputation, and for strengthening its finances. The school’s objectives are to be: (i) the business school that best leverages its home university—eminent and purposeful Yale University; (ii) the most global U.S. business school; and (iii) the best source of elevated leaders for escalating complexity in all sectors.

During his tenure at Yale, the school has (i) developed the first global network of top business schools, (ii) introduced its Master of Advanced Management degree for graduates of the Global Network for Advanced Management, (iii) implemented a new, required Leadership Development Program for all Master’s students, and (iv) forged yet stronger programmatic relationships with other Yale professional schools.

Mr. Snyder began his professional career as an economist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He earned a PhD in Economics and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He began his academic career at the University of Michigan where he developed programs in Central Europe, China, India, and Russia. His research and teaching is focused on industrial organization, antitrust economics, law and economics, and financial institutions.

Previously, Mr. Snyder was the Dean and George Shultz Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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