Vaulting into Vanderbilt

Associate Admissions Dean Melinda Allen looks for the total package in B-school applicants: Work experience, good grades, and initiative

In June, 2004, Melinda Allen took over as associate dean of admissions and career management at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville (No. 28 on BusinessWeek's 2002 rankings of full-time MBA programs.) Prior to taking this dual role -- something that few administrators would choose -- Allen was director of the school's Career Management Center. She has also worked at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in career services and served as a staffing manager with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

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