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Illinois MBA Admissions
3019 Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Illinois MBA Staff
Stig Lanesskog is the Associate Dean for the MBA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Clinical Professor in Business Administration and teaches a Business Consulting class in the College of Business. In addition, he is the Associate Provost for Strategic Planning and Assessment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the campus-wide strategic planning process. Prior to joining the Provost’s office, he was the Director of Illinois Business Consulting.
Before joining the University, Stig was a Senior Manager in the Strategy and Business Transformation practices of two large consulting firms, Andersen and BearingPoint. He has over 15 years experience with strategic planning in both the public and private sectors. His clients have included Hallmark Cards, Pepsi, Sears, Allstate, Target, Cardinal Health and Columbia University.
He has his undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Marketing and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stig is also a member of the Board of Education for the Unit 4 Champaign, IL, school system and is also a board member of the University of Illinois’ Professional Science Master’s Program and the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. Stig and his wife Deirdre have four children, Eva, Blake, Clara and Nick.
Director, Admissions, Illinois MBA
Jackie has worked in MBA Admissions for almost ten years. In her prior life she was a teacher so she has been in academia for her entire career. What she enjoys most about her job is meeting new people and discussing how the Illinois MBA can make a difference in their future. Her most enjoyable part of the year is when the new students show up for orientation and she stands back to watch the dynamics of the new class. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, reading, and visiting her children and grandson.
Associate Director, Admissions & Recruiting, Illinois MBA
Ben has been working in the MBA admissions office since January 2006. He originally moved to Champaign in 2001 to accept a job as an English teacher at Champaign Central High School, but left Champaign in 2004 to pursue a Masters in Literature and gain some global experience by attending Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Upon returning from Ireland, he found the opportunity to start a career in MBA admissions, and has found it to be a great fit. Ben is now specifically responsible for international recruiting, and he enjoys meeting prospective MBA students from all over the world. Last year, he had the opportunity to travel to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing a variety of sports including golf, softball, basketball, volleyball, and long-distance running. He is an avid fan of the Fighting Illini as well as the White Sox, Bulls, and Bears. He also enjoys trying new foods and welcomes recommendations for tasty dishes from local restaurants (feel free to ask him for recommendations as well).
Assistant Director, Admissions & Recruiting, Illinois MBA
Originally from Champaign, IL, Kristi has worked for the Illinois MBA since August 2006. She previously worked in bank examining in Indianapolis, and for the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami, FL. She earned her MBA from Florida Atlantic University, and played tennis for Eastern Illinois University where she majored in marketing. Kristi enjoys watching college sports, playing tennis, volunteering for Challenger League Baseball and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the beach. She loves working at ILLINOIS because we have the greatest students, of course, so please stop by.
Associate Director, Student & Academic Services
Courtney is responsible for overseeing all components of academics and student life for MBA students, including academic advising, course registration, student programming, case competitions, study abroad, joint events with other programs, student communication, and much more. She has also assisted the Admissions team with recruiting efforts. She has worked for the Illinois MBA since 2007, and prior to that did marketing for a local publishing company that published sports books.
Originally from Kewanee, IL, Courtney received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2004 and Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2010, both from University of Illinois. She is getting married in July 2011.