Columbia Business School has established a new private equity programme, which will include specialised course offerings and endeavor to link graduate students with members of the private equity community.
The programme will be led by Laura Resnikoff. Before joining the Columbia Business School faculty in 1991, Resnikoff worked at several small private equity shops, and led the reorganisations of several corporations, including Consolidated Fibres, United Merchants and Manufacturers, Scovill and American Can Company. She also worked at financial services firms First City Group and The Equity Group.
At Columbia, Resnikoff developed several initiatives geared towards the private equity industry, including an alumni advisory board, alumni mentoring breakfasts, a mentoring program and an annual joint event with the London Business School, which also has its own Private Equity Institute.
Resnikoff’s directorship of the new programme is supported by the Building Relationships with Industry and Defining Graduate Education in Business Fellowship.
Prominent Columbia Business School alumni in private equity include Henry Kravis '69 of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Russell Carson '67 of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
Several of Columbia’s peers have similar programs. Dartmouth established the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship nearly 10 years ago, and the Johnson School at Cornell, Thunderbird School of Global Management and the McCombs School all have similar initiatives.