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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: Karin Wiström
Karin Wiström

Karin Wiström, director of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) MBA Executive Format, received the 2018 Bud Fackler Service Award from EMBAC in October.

The Bud Fackler Service Award recognizes contributions to EMBAC and to EMBA Programs worldwide, including efforts to help other programs, to share best practices and to raise the quality of EMBA Programs. The council named the award after Bud Fackler, the late director of the EMBA Program at the University of Chicago and one of the council’s founders.

Wiström learned about the Executive MBA Council from a colleague, and attended her first EMBA Council Conference in 2005, which took place in Barcelona, Spain. Her first conference would be one of many, and impressed by the council and its members, she decided to become more involved in 2011.

She joined the conference committee for the 2012 EMBA Council Conference in Paris, France, and in 2012 was elected to the EMBA Council Board of Trustees and subsequently served as chair.

She has contributed her talents to supporting the council’s research initiatives, including the Membership Program Survey, the Student Exit Survey, and the Student Entry Survey, and helping grow EMBAC’s membership in Europe.

“It has always been a pleasure to contribute to the EMBA Council,” says Wiström. “Personally, I don’t know of any other organization that provides such a collegial environment for learning from each other. And I really hope that we will all continue to promote and protect this genuine collegiality that exists within our organizations. Educate, network, inform, that is our mission, and I think we as an organization really deliver on this.”

Wiström received her master of science from SSE, focusing on international business and marketing. She began her career in industry, spending 10 years with Mars Incorporated, the global manufacturer of confectionary, pet food, and other food products.

Throughout her career, she has directed and implemented innovation and change in medium-to large-sized organizations, mostly with projects spanning multiple countries. She has extensive experience in the planning and execution of large, cross-functional projects involving process streamlining, re-engineering, and sales and marketing.

She was recruited to SSE to work in executive education, an experience that led her to the Executive MBA.

“Karin has made her mark in so many ways on EMBAC and its members, says Michael Desiderio, EMBAC executive director. “She has devoted many hours to advance the knowledge about our industry and to share her expertise with others. Her volunteer efforts have helped us expand our research and expand our reach.”

The council plays a key role for its members and for the EMBA industry, she says, offering a place for those who work in the EMBA space to come together and explore new ideas, learn more about trends, and support each other’s professional development. She has enjoyed participating as a member and serving on the board.

“My years with EMBAC have been very rewarding, and I would like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful people that I have had the opportunity serve with during my time on the board and in other capacities,” says Wiström. “Thank you for generously dedicating your time and energy to serve on the board and in other ways work for our membership. I am so grateful and proud to receive this prestigious award.”

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Voice of winners

Bud Fackler winners share their perspectives on EMBAC

Gonzalo Freixes, UCLA
Barbara Millar, University of Virginia
Louise Kapastka, University of Washington
Nicole Tee, Nanyang Technological University
Karin Wiström, Stockholm School of Economics
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 Kapastka, University of Washington

2016
 / Barbara Millar, University of Virginia

2017
 / Nicole Tee, Nanyang Technological University

2018
 / Karin Wiström, Stockholm School of Economics

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
Customer Testimonails

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