Kurt Dirks

Vice Chancellor for International Affairs & Director of McDonnell Academy at Washington University

Kurt Dirks

Kurt Dirks

Vice Chancellor for International Affairs & Director of McDonnell Academy at Washington University

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Kurt T. Dirks, the Bank of America Professor of Leadership, serves as the Vice Chancellor for International Affairs and Director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy for Washington University in St. Louis. Kurt works closely with stakeholders across the university to advance the research and education mission for Washington University through global engagement. Kurt also leads the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. The McDonnell Academy recruits outstanding Ph.D. and Masters students from a broad range of academic disciplines and a diverse set of countries developing their leadership abilities and creating a unique global community. The McDonnell Academy also fosters academic commerce with other international universities through a network of partners around the world.

Kurt received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. and M.S. from Iowa State University. His academic research is on the determinants, barriers, and outcomes of trust within organizations and institutions. He has published a number of highly cited and award winning articles on the topic. The research has been covered by popular press such as Business Week, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CNN.com, among other media outlets.

Kurt is married to Tausha Dirks and has two children, Davis and Katie.

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Director at McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis

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Vice Provost for Educational Initiatives at Washington University

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Dean, McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University

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H. Frederick Hagemann Jr Professor of Finance, Vice Dean for Education & Globalization at Washington University

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Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University

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Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer at Washington University

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Director, Academic Initiatives, Provost Office at Washington University

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Halsey C. Ives Professor, Vice Provost & Interim Dean of University College at Washington University

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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity at Washington University

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Vice Chancellor for International Affairs & Director of McDonnell Academy at Washington University
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M.S.

Iowa State is an international university with a friendly welcoming personality. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to Ames, Iowa, to choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills in 800-plus student organizations. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions.

Ph.D.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota, U of M, or The U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, with the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses being approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,853 students in 2012–2013. The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

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Vice Chancellor for International Affairs & Director of McDonnell Academy
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The mission of Washington University in St. Louis is the promotion of learning — learning by students and by faculty. Teaching, the transmission of knowledge, is central to our mission, as is research, the creation of new knowledge. Faculty — composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions — serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care. The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

Bank of America Professor of Leadership
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The Olin Business School is one of seven academic schools at Washington University in St. Louis. Founded in 1917, the business school was renamed for entrepreneur John M. Olin in 1988. The school offers BSBA, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MS in Supply Chain Management, MS in Finance, Masters in Accounting, MS in Leadership, Executive MBA, Doctor of Business in Finance (DBA) and PhD degrees. In 2002, an Executive MBA program was established in Shanghai, in cooperation with Fudan University. Olin has a network of about 19,190 alumni all over the world. On July 1, 2009, the school took over management of the Brookings Institute's executive management program.

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