SMG’s Hayden Estrada Dies
Assistant dean of graduate admissions, 51, remembered for his humor, professionalism
Hayden Estrada, 51, assistant dean of graduate admissions at the School of Management, died Tuesday evening after a brief illness.
“We have lost a very important member of our school leadership and community,” says Kenneth Freeman, SMG’s Allen Questrom Professor and Dean. “Hayden’s strategic thinking, his values, and his positive attitude were invaluable to our mission.“
Freeman says Estrada enhanced SMG’s graduate programs by “bringing ever more accomplished students” to the University.
Others remember Estrada not just as a colleague, but as a friend. John Chalykoff, SMG associate dean, says Estrada “was a beloved man in the halls of the School of Management—a professional, a friend, a self-deprecating person who was young at heart, with a broad sense of humor.” Chalykoff recalls Estrada’s infectious laugh and his smile. He praises him as “an advocate for high achievement and diversity in the classes he admitted.”
Estrada, who is credited with working closely with MBA applicants to make sure that each student was a good fit, once said he looked for applicants “who have passion and fire in their bellies.” He encouraged prospective students to write about “what makes them different from other applicants, from a very personal point of view,” in their admission essays.
“One of his particularly important admissions initiatives,” says Chalykoff, “was an enhanced level of personal communications with applicants.”
Before coming to BU in 2004 as assistant dean of graduate admissions, Estrada was director of academic consulting at Productivity Management, a technology and consulting firm based in South Bend, Ind. Previously, he was director of MBA admissions at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Business.
After earning a BS in management from Johnson & Wales, where he graduated summa cum laude, Estrada received an MBA from Babson College. At the time of his death, he was vice president, education, for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
Information about a memorial service will be published here when it becomes available.
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