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Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2002

IU's Kelley School of Business to dedicate new Graduate and Executive Education Center

Editors: Additional information about the Kelley School of Business and the new building and its features also is available from the IU Office of Communications and Marketing. Arrangements are now being made for media interviews with Ford's Nick Scheele. The dedication ceremony will be taped for rebroadcast on the Web beginning Nov. 25. Users will need RealPlayer 8 and later will be able to access the presentation at For assistance, contact George Vlahakis, manager of media relations, at 812-855-0846 or

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On Friday, Nov. 22, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will formally open a new state-of-the-art home for its graduate education programs and research centers. The dedication of the Kelley School's Graduate and Executive Education Center will feature a keynote address by Nick Scheele, president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Co.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the building's forum. The public is invited to the ceremony. An informal reception and tours of the building will follow immediately after the ceremony. The Graduate and Executive Education Center is located at the corner of 10th Street and Fee Lane.

The building has been a dream of Kelley faculty members and administrators for many years. It again will centralize all of the nationally recognized school's programs and activities at one location. It offers 180,000 square feet of classroom and office space for use by graduate students, corporate recruiters, executive visitors and administrators. It will house the administrative offices for the Master of Business Administration program, Kelley Executive Partners, the Systems and Accounting Graduate Programs and other graduate programs.

Before the new building was constructed, more than 4,000 students and faculty in the Kelley School shared facilties in a seven-story adjoining building constructed in 1966. Due the school's tremendous growth in recent years, several research centers had been moved away from the building to the IU Research Park. Recruiting facilities for job seekers and visiting companies were limited.

The new building features classrooms and other facilities that maximize student-faculty interaction in a collaborative setting. Technologically, it becomes the most wired building on campus; it features both direct and wireless connectivity that will help students both inside and outside the classroom. Other special features include a "trading room," with informational resources comparable to most Wall Street firms. The building was designed by by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners of New York and Washington. D.C.

Ford Motor Co. has enjoyed a close association with the Kelley School for many years. Harold A. "Red" Poling, Ford's CEO from 1985 to 1994, earned an MBA degree at IU in 1951 and today is a member of the Kelley School's Dean's Advisory Council. He received IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1990 and was inducted into the school's Academy of Alumni Fellows.

Scheele has been president and COO of Ford Motor Co., since October of 2001. He is responsible for the company's global automotive business. Before taking his current position, he had been group vice president of Ford North America and chairman of Ford of Europe. He is credited with having directed the increasingly successful transformation of the business.

Scheele was chairman and chief executive officer of Jaguar Cars Ltd., from 1992 to 1999. Under his leadership, Jaguar's sales doubled and the company regained its place as one of the world's leaders in brand image, product quality and customer satisfaction.

While he was at Jaguar, Scheele helped the Kelley School celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special international conference in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Prior to taking over Jaguar, Scheele had been with Ford. His career at Ford began in 1966 and he held several successful purchasing appointments in Ford's British and European operations before moving the United States in 1978. In 1988, he became president of Ford of Mexico.