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Ann E. Carrel’s name is synonymous with the NIU College of Business MBA Program. Many alumni know her as the MBA Program Assistant Dean, ensuring delivery of a quality MBA learning experience. Ann is a three-time alumna of NIU and has been employed with NIU since 1991. She’s established herself as a trusted leader within the college, overseeing all MBA formats, which includes budget and financial development, academic and program administration, marketing, personnel, and alumni engagement.
There is, however, another side to Ann that is not as well known. Ann is a committed Distinguished Donor and a member of the Dean’s Circle. She has opened the doors for many MBA students, providing financial support through the John E. and Kathryn Link scholarship. The scholarship is named in memory of her parents who appreciated the value of education. Ann created the scholarship in hopes that the recipients will be able to achieve their educational dreams and perhaps pass on the opportunity, when able to do so, to others. “It is a tremendous joy to be able to award students with this scholarship and see them flourish during their MBA. Being so close to the scholarship recipients puts me in a unique seat that most donors don’t get,” says Ann.