Rosemaria Martinelli to Head Admissions at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Rosemaria Martinelli has been appointed associate dean for student recruitment and admissions at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business effective May 1, 2005.

Martinelli is currently director of MBA admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania . While she continues in her current role at Wharton through April 2005, she will serve as a consultant on admissions strategy at Chicago GSB beginning today (November 1).

Rose clearly has the knowledge, experience, and global vision to lead admissions for our full-time MBA program, said Edward A. Snyder, Chicago 's dean. She will be instrumental in leveraging fully the power of the GSB enterprise -- our alumni, corporate partners, faculty, students, and professional staff. Our objective is to communicate clearly what we value discipline-based knowledge, rigor, and support and the extraordinary return on investment realized by Chicago MBA's throughout their diverse careers, Snyder said.

Martinelli will be responsible for organizing and managing Chicago 's admissions marketing, recruiting, processing, operations and financial aid functions.

She has performed similar duties at Wharton for the past four years. Before that, she spent two years developing and implementing Wharton's admissions recruitment strategy for Asia, the Pacific Rim and Italy , and rebuilding the school's brand through a redesign of its admissions publications.

Martinelli spent the first 15 years of her career as a professional opera singer.

At Chicago , Martinelli replaces Donald Martin who became associate dean for enrollment and student services at Teachers College of Columbia University.

Rose brings depth and complementary skills to our excellent team of associate deans responsible for the student services side of our MBA program, said Stacey Kole, deputy dean for the full-time MBA program.

Martinelli will work closely with Julie Morton, associate dean for MBA career services, Ann Harvilla, associate dean and dean of students, and other members of the school's senior staff, Kole said.

Martinelli is one of the founding members of the Forte Foundation, a national organization that encourages more women to attend business school. She continues to serve on its board.

We are hoping to increase our enrollment of women and underrepresented minorities in the next academic year, Kole said. Rose will be a big help in our efforts.

Martinelli received both her undergraduate and master's degrees in music from Northwestern University. She also spent two years training at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia .

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world with permanent campuses in Singapore , Barcelona and Chicago . It offers five full-time and part-time MBA programs in addition to a Ph.D. program, open enrollment executive education and custom corporate education. Current enrollment includes 1,100 full-time MBA students, 1,900 part-time MBA students and 120 Ph.D. students. Six present or past members of its faculty have won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Included among the school's many successful alumni are James Kilts, chairman, president and chief executive of Gillette, Karen Katen, president of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, and Peter G. Peterson, chairman of The Blackstone Group. 

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world. It offers full-time and part-time MBA programs, a PhD program, and open enrollment executive education.