Thunderbird School of Global Management

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Thunderbird, the #1 ranked school of international business, and Arizona State University, one of today’s most forward-thinking institutions, have come together to create leadership programs, infused with cross-cultural insight, presented in an international context, designed to cultivate a global mindset.

Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is an unprecedented alliance. It combines Thunderbird’s nearly 70-year heritage of developing inspired global leaders with Arizona State University’s unrivaled resources and ardent goals for international expansion. Together, they educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide. Degree programs are now accepting applications.
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Thunderbird’s Vision Continues

“We believe in, we are committed to, and we share the ideals and aspiration found in your mission, vision and oath.  Like Thunderbird, ASU is focused on the education of principled global leaders who create value, grow communities, and establish a society of stability rather than volatility.”

— Michael Crow in the letter to the Thunderbird Community

In Career Management, “Over 3,000 companies visited ASU last year to recruit. There are multiple levels working on placement. Thunderbird’s placement staff would work with other levels, as well.” 

— Michael Crow during conference call with ACT Board and Chapter Leaders

With this merger, “We can eliminate the financial problems that Thunderbird has had in the past.”

— Michael Crow during conference call with ACT Board and Chapter Leaders

ASU and Thunderbird Announcement from Dr. Crow - December 19, 2014

Thunderbird School of Global Management @ ASU

I wanted to reach out to you personally to share important news about Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Today, we signed an agreement completing a process to bring Thunderbird into the ASU knowledge enterprise. The integration of Thunderbird with ASU will provide a platform for showcasing ASU’s strengths to new partners around the world, while offering Thunderbird’s students and faculty access to the resources of one of the nation’s most dynamic research universities. Please take a look at the...

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Message to Thunderbird Community Regarding HLC Decision - November 18, 2014

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Dear Thunderbird Community:

As we continue to work towards a final agreement on the integration of the Thunderbird School of Global Management into Arizona State University, we wanted to reach out with a few important and positive updates about the...

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Thunderbird staff teams engage with ASU counterparts - September 22, 2014

Progress continues to be made on the Thunderbird-ASU partnership; as a critical step forward, many of the schools’ multiple service units have begun gathering. These “discovery” meetings have facilitated introductions on both sides, as well as discussions around the general layout of responsibilities, expectations, process, staffing, systems and structures. 

To date the following staff teams have engaged in this discovery process: Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Management, Development, Employer Relations, Executive Education, Finance & Accounting, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library Services, Registrar, Student Recruitment and Thunderbird for Good. Later this week meetings dedicated to Student Affairs and...

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ASU President Michael M. Crow communicates to Thunderbird alumni and students - July 18, 2014

Dear Thunderbird Community:

As you may know, Thunderbird is engaged in completing the details of an alliance with one of America’s most innovative universities - Arizona State University. Michael Crow, President of ASU, sends the messages below to our alumni and students.

Larry E. Penley, Ph.D.
Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D....
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Thunderbird and Arizona State University Update - July 9, 2014

To Our Global Thunderbird Community,

I am truly excited that we have reached preliminary agreement to pursue joining the Arizona State University (ASU) community to further the global brand, mission and sustainability of our beloved school.

ASU has been a good and respected neighbor for a long time and will be a great home for Thunderbird. ASU is one of the world’s most innovative universities and is consistently ranked as among the top schools in the US and worldwide. It is ranked by US News and World Report as the 2nd most innovative school in the US, and the National Academy of Inventors recently recognized ASU for being a Top 100 Worldwide University. ASU is a globally minded partner. It makes a significant commitment to global impact with one of...

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Important Announcement from Thunderbird - July 3, 2014

Dear Thunderbird Community,

Thunderbird School of Global Management and Arizona State University are in productive discussions that would lead to the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU becoming a separate school within the family of ASU colleges. Thunderbird and ASU have signed a Letter of Intent as the next step in that process.

The future of Thunderbird matters to all of us. That is why the Board of Trustees voted unanimously almost two years ago to pursue a strategic partnership to raise Thunderbird’s competitive position while preserving its brand and continuing to pursue its global mission. I am happy to report we have found that partner in Arizona State University, widely considered one of the world’s most innovative educational...

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