Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 16, 2005

Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business to Present Dec. 2 Lecture,
"Management: A Scarce Resource"

Robert Joss, Ph.D., Philip H. Knight Professor and dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will present a lecture, "Management: A Scarce Resource," on Friday, Dec. 2, from 7-9 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. Joss' lecture is co-sponsored by the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management and the International Trade Alliance of Spokane.

Joss' lecture will address the critical role of management in society. He will also discuss how effective managerial leaders are becoming a scarce resource, and will suggest steps that businesses and business schools can take to develop leaders in management.

Joss serves as a director of Wells Fargo & Co.; Shanghai Commercial Bank, Ltd., in Hong Kong; Agilent Technologies, Inc.; and the Bay Area Council. He became the eighth dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1999, after serving for six years as chief executive officer and managing director of Australia's Westpac Banking Corporation. As head of Westpac, one of Australia's largest banks, Joss refocused strategies, modernized and streamlined operations, and restructured the bank's culture to emphasize teamwork, customer focus, open communication, and community support.

From 1971-1993 Joss held a variety of posts at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank, where he rose to the position of vice chairman. Before joining Wells Fargo, Joss worked in Washington, D.C., first as a White House Fellow and then for the U.S. Treasury Department as deputy to the assistant secretary for economic policy.

Joss holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington. In 1965-66 he was a Sloan Fellow in the Stanford Sloan Master's Program, a one-year degree program for managers. He earned an M.B.A. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1970, both from Stanford.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Paul North, assistant director of marketing, Whitworth College, 509-777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu.

Elsa Distelhorst, director of development for major gifts, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4446 or edistelhorst@whitworth.edu.

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