Through generous endowment by Robert Weissman ’64 H’94 P’87’90 and his wife, Jan, new professorship will help bolster student and faculty efforts in business analytics

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Babson College Professor Richard Cleary has been appointed the Robert E. Weissman ’64 H’94 P’87’90 and Janet Weissman P’87’90 Professor in Business Analytics, a first-of-its-kind endowed professorship generously endowed by Trustee, alumnus, and parent, Robert Weissman, and his wife, Jan.

“We are thrilled to name Professor Rick Cleary our first Weissman Professor in Business Analytics, and are so grateful for the Weissman’s generosity in helping to make it happen,” says Provost Michael Johnson. “Rick has brought tremendous leadership to our Math and Science Division and College and has an outstanding record of teaching, interdisciplinary course development, and research in business and data analytics.”

Babson’s Master of Science in Business Analytics

Babson’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is a flexible program featuring face-to-face and online sessions. It has been specifically designed to prepare students to be the bridge between data and action.

In as little as 18 months, students become experts in the latest analytic techniques, obtaining the ability to interpret data for any organization. More importantly, students develop collaboration and communication skills to help effectively convey the value of such information.

The program’s curriculum goes beyond IT and statistics, applying an interdisciplinary approach to ensure the development of critical technical skills and creative thinking to solve broader business and social issues. Plus, students reinforce what is learned in the classroom through a real-world consulting project for an outside organization.

Babson’s MSBA is launching at Babson’s Wellesley campus starting this fall, and will be offered at Babson’s other graduate hubs in Miami, San Francisco and Boston beginning in Fall 2018.

“Professor Cleary’s work connects the importance of analytics with starting, running, or innovating within, a successful business,” says Dean of Faculty Bala Iyer. “With the support of the Weissman family, our students will be even better equipped to bring their technical and creative skills to the job market and their entrepreneurial ventures.”

Richard Cleary

Professor Rick Cleary is a statistician and mathematician with research and consulting interests in a variety of fields including sports, biomechanics, and statistical approaches to fraud detection and audit risk. Prior to coming to Babson College in 2013, Professor Cleary taught at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Cornell University, Bentley University, and Harvard University. He has held many leadership positions in the Mathematical Association of America, including six years on the Executive Committee as Associate Treasurer and a term as chair of the Joint Data Committee.

Professor Cleary enjoys working with mathematics teachers at all levels to improve statistics education and he gives frequent talks and workshops on ways to encourage statistical thinking. He is active in the Wellesley community as a youth sports coach and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Little League.

The Weissman Family

Robert and Jan Weissman have a longstanding, committed philanthropic history with the college. Their annual scholarship program, Weissman Scholars, is Babson’s most prestigious scholarship program awarding full-tuition scholarships. They have also made other impactful gifts to support increased accessibility to, and return on investment from, a Babson College education. Robert has also served on the Babson College Board of Trustees since 1976.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Shannon Sweeny,, (781) 239-4621 | 08/30/2017 02:21