Innovator Award Announcement Details


   2021 Innovator Award Announcement


Michael Koenig​
Chair, MBA Roundtable Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives & Executive Director of Executive Education, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Michael Koenig joined the business school as associate dean for innovation initiatives and executive director of executive education. His innovation position is a new role at Rice Business and will bring technology and transformative business education together, both internally and externally. His role in executive education will drive program and business model innovation with a focus on continuing to build a technology-enhanced portfolio of net revenue generating programs with local, national and global impact and stature. He was formerly senior assistant dean for degree programs and the first executive director of program innovation at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. As an entrepreneur, Michael has business startup experience as employee No. 4 at Logictier Inc., a Silicon Valley-based Internet infrastructure company, leading the planning and implementation of a national staffing effort that took the company from four employees to 220 employees in 20 months. Before joining Logictier, he was senior manager for professional education at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Stephen Taylor
Research Director, BusinessCAS

Steve joined the BusinessCAS team as Research Director in 2020 after 15 years in higher education administration.  Serving in leadership roles for business schools at institutions like Harvard Business School and Arizona State University, Steve’s experience has focused on enrollment management, process and systems efficiency, and organizational culture.  His most recent administrative role was Associate Dean for Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business, where he led the unit responsible for all graduate business programs.  He holds undergraduate degrees in General Studies and Information Systems, a Master of Business Administration, a post-grad degree in Philosophy, and took courses in Information Technology and English Literature at Harvard University.