Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has announced that Shari Hubert will be the school’s new associate dean of admissions. Hubert joins Fuqua after five years as head of admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Fuqua has been looking for a new associate dean of admissions since Hubert’s predecessor left in the spring. According to Russ Morgan, senior associate dean for full-time programs at Fuqua, “Shari stood out in an incredibly talented and competitive pool of candidates.”
Morgan said that “Shari is a terrific fit within our culture. She is a demonstrated collaborative leader with a track record of making the people around her better. Her former colleagues at Georgetown describe her as a perennial optimist.”
Hubert received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, then got an MBA from Harvard Business School. She subsequently worked at firms including GE, Citi and Boston Consulting Group.
In 2009, she became director of recruitment for the United States Peace Corps, before becoming Georgetown McDonough’s associate dean of admissions in 2012.
Hubert commented that she has “long admired Duke as a university, and the Fuqua School of Business, from my early days as a corporate recruiter, and more recently as a colleague in this wonderful world of admissions.”
She added that she has already “been pleasantly surprised to experience that ‘Team Fuqua’ is not just hype, nor is it only reserved for students, but is a way of being that is fully embraced by staff, faculty and alumni as well.”
To introduce herself, Hubert put together a list of “25 random things” about herself, inspired by Fuqua’s unique essay question that asks applicants to list 25 random things about themselves.
The list reveals that Hubert is a Virgo, an experienced traveler and an early riser who is enthusiastic about eating Brussels sprouts. Hubert is a fan of Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, and enjoys relaxing by watching Netflix shows with a glass of wine.
In her list, Hubert says she was raised in a single-parent household and that her mother “sacrificed her career to work as a full-time nanny to put me through college.” She also says that she sees herself as a “connector” and that she enjoys coaching and mentoring young professionals.
No doubt that latter quality will be useful in her new job. Morgan said he expected that “under Shari’s leadership our world-class admissions function will become even sharper, more focused and more innovative in attracting the very best students who will ultimately use business to change the world for the better.”
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