Legacy Of A B School Legend

Kellogg will find it tough to replace its innovative dean, Donald Jacobs

Just before Thanksgiving nearly 20 years ago, 40 MBA students were assigned to hand in a paper the Monday after the holiday. No wrangling by the school's dean could persuade the professor to change the due date, dooming some class members to go without turkey and stuffing. So the dean packed his pots and pans, his seasonings and cranberry sauce, delivered himself and all the trimmings to the graduate dormitory, and cooked for everyone who couldn't make it home. The impromptu holiday meal became a yearly tradition for Donald P. Jacobs, the dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Now more than 600 people sit down for Thanksgiving dinner in the James L. Allen Center, the school's executive-education conference facility.

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