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Walter David “Bud” Fackler made such an impression on his Executive MBA students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business that they still keep in touch with his widow, Hazel Fackler. In fact, after his death in 1993, his students began fundraising for scholarships in his name, which turned into a campaign to fund the Walter David “Bud” Fackler Professorship. At the time, the gifts from the initial 763 donors marked the largest such pooled gift fund in the school’s history. “Every one of his students seemed to have a special story that they like to tell about him,” says Hazel Fackler. “Every single one of his students was special to him.” His students were not the only fans of Bud Fackler, whose legendary generosity extended to all in his sphere and helped bolster the fledgling Executive MBA industry. At the University of Chicago, which initiated the first EMBA Program in 1943, Bud Fackler embodied openness and a willingness to share. Indeed many administrators and faculty visited the University of Chicago to talk with Fackler and observe the Chicago model before they put their program in place. Bud Fackler’s generosity and spirit was carried forward in the organization that he helped found, the EMBA Council. The council, in turn, honored him and his efforts by establishing the Bud Fackler Service Award, which recognizes contributions to the EMBA Council and to EMBA Programs worldwide, including efforts to help other programs, to share best practices, and to raise the quality of EMBA Programs. Bud Fackler was the first recipient of the award in 1987.
The most recent winner: Louise Kapustka

Louise Kapustka, executive director, Executive MBA Program at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, received the 2015 Bud Fackler Service Award.

In 2010, Kapustka co-chaired the EMBAC Conference in Vancouver, Canada, and also was elected to a three-year term on the EMBAC Board of Trustees, helping lead EMBAC research initiatives. She has continued her service to the council and industry as a member of the EMBAC research committee. She also has presented numerous concurrent sessions at EMBAC conferences.

“Louise has helped the council and the industry in many significant ways,” says Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director. “Her work with the EMBAC research team has helped us all better understand industry trends and best practices among EMBA Programs. The fact that she continues to contribute to research initiatives only reinforces her commitment and dedication.”

Kapustka’s career has included management positions in retailing, as well as financial services where she served in diverse roles in operations, human resources, and corporate relationship management. She also worked for Microsoft Corporation in market research and product marketing. An EMBA program alumnus, she received her MBA from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in education from Oregon State University.

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Kapustka has served as EMBA Program executive director at the Foster School since 2003. She oversees all facets of program administration, including student, employer and faculty satisfaction, alumni engagement, program financial performance, recruiting, marketing, and staff development.

“I appreciate and learn so much from my interactions with EMBAC colleagues,” she says. “I love the camaraderie and collaboration the EMBA Council offers and positive impact it has on EMBA programs around the world.” Less...

THE HONOR ROLL


The council announces the Bud Fackler Award winner at its annual conference. The list of past winners includes the following outstanding leaders.

1987
 / Bud Fackler, University of Chicago

1988 / Herbert (Pete) Lyons, University of Houston

1989 / Tom Ference, Columbia University

1990
 / Ernie Scalberg, University of California at Los Angeles

1992 
/ Chuck Hickman, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

1993
 / Ed Wilson, Northwestern University

1995 
/ Susan Bunker, University of Colorado

1996
 / Kathryn Carlson, University of Minnesota
Dave Ewert, Georgia State University

1998
 / Norm Berman, New York University

1999
 / George Abraham, University of New Hampshire

2000 
/ Martin Rapisarda, Vanderbilt University
Erica Kantor, Northwestern University

2001 
/ Penny Oslund, University of North Carolina
Connie Rieben, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2002
 / Dave Poole, Pepperdine University and Chapman University

2003
 / Marci Armstrong, Southern Methodist University

2004
 / Graduate Management Admission Council®

2005 
/ Cathy Molony, University of Pennsylvania

2006 
/ Michael Saewitz, Campus Text

2007 
/ Maury Kalnitz, first Executive MBA Council managing director

2008 
/ George Bobinski, Binghamton University/SUNY

2009 
/ Anne Herbert, Helsinki School of Economics

2010 / John Fraser, University of Iowa
Patty Keegan, University of Chicago

2011 
/ Maria-Eugenia Marin, IE Business School

2012
 / Beatrix Dart, University of Toronto

2013
 / Brad Vierig, University of Utah

2014
 / Gonzalo Freixes, UCLA

2015 / Louise Kapustka, University of Washington

Receiving the award also made me feel very proud to be part of a group that creates and sustains a strong collegial culture, much like our students experience in our programs…I remain proud to have been part of an organization whose primary goal was and continues to be creating value for its members.

1996 KATHRYN CARLSON University of Minnesota
Customer Testimonails

In 2004, and still today, it meant everything to be the only organization to have been honored with the Fackler Service Award. It was an acknowledgement from an organization we greatly respect – the EMBA Council – that we were succeeding at staying true to the purpose given to us by schools when they created GMAC in 1953.

2004 GRADUATE MANAGEMENT ADMISSION COUNCIL® Sabrina White, Vice President, Americas
Customer Testimonails

It was a humbling honor to be recognized by peers, and motivating too, as affirmation usually is. I think recognizing a member of a European school really helped other member schools from around the school see their part in the council. Now I am so proud of the council when I see the long list of members from all around the world, and so many different nationalities represented on the board.

2009 ANNE HERBERT Helsinki School of Economics
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I wanted to give back to the council as much as I could. I think that is the beauty of the council—when people from 300-plus programs come together and contribute their ideas to help each other learn and grows.

2013 BRAD VIERIG University of Utah