By: Lindsay MacIntosh
David Thomas

Focusing on Business 

In 1982, Dean Thomas convened an external strategic task force made up of prominent business and educational leaders, faculty, and alumni—including Samuel “Sam” C. Johnson ’50, Nelson “Nels” Schaenen Jr. ’50, MBA ’51, and Sanford “Sandy”  Weill ’55—to evaluate B&PA. Their recommendation that the school focus exclusively on business and eliminate public and health administration would fundamentally change the school.