Held back: How Wisconsin School of Business donors stalled efforts to revamp its programming

Pat Schneider:

News that faculty at the school had given preliminary endorsement to such a plan spread.

“The word was out there, and it went far,” said Stabio, a first-year MBA student from Texas. The Wall Street Journal wrote about it next day.

Speculation about the future of the two-year MBA at Wisconsin spawned news stories and social media posts, leading to anger and angst among donors, alumni and students. Business school officials struggled to gain control of the story on the eve of Oct. 20 homecoming festivities. Scheduled events included a reception for the school’s most prestigious benefactors.