Kurt Ahlm named associate dean of student recruitment and admissions at Chicago Booth

Kurt Ahlm has been named associate dean of student recruitment and admissions for the full-time MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the school announced April 4. Previously he was senior director of admissions at Chicago Booth.

“This is a very natural transition for us and for Kurt, who has spent nearly nine years in Booth admissions with responsibilities that have included virtually every aspect of the admissions process,” said Stacey Kole, deputy dean for the full-time MBA program.

In his recent role as senior director, Ahlm “was the primary driver of our admissions marketing efforts to showcase the Booth brand and bring the MBA experience to life for thousands of prospective students,” said Kole. “As a direct result of Kurt’s efforts, we have significantly exceeded the high goals that were set for our full-time admissions office.”

The appointment is effective immediately, the school said.

“I am delighted to take on these greater responsibilities and continue to help prospective students join our diverse and vibrant community,” said Ahlm. “In the months ahead, we intend to carry the Booth message to an even larger group of MBA hopefuls across the U.S. and worldwide.”

Before joining Booth, Ahlm was an admissions officer at Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and a recruiting manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Northwestern.

Ahlm earned an MBA at Chicago Booth with concentrations in marketing management, strategic management, and managerial and organizational behavior.

“When the position was vacated last summer, Kurt stepped up and made sure our entire admissions function didn’t miss a beat,” said Kole, who also is a clinical professor of economics. “He has already proven that he can succeed in this new role, where he will work closely with colleagues across the school.”