Staff Spotlight: Dean Paige LaRose

Meet Paige LaRose, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Q: How long have you been at WashU? At Olin?
A: I’ve been at WashU since March 2008. It’s really crazy for me to think about having welcomed 16 classes of new students to the Olin Business School!

Q: Where did you grow up, and what brought you to St. Louis/WashU?
A: I grew up in Tipton, Missouri, a small farming community in the middle of the state. My high school graduating class had 45 students! I moved away for college and graduate school and then worked at the University of Iowa for a few years. I made my way to St. Louis about 20 years ago for law school at Saint Louis University. Practicing law just wasn’t my jam and I’m really glad that I found a role at WashU and made the return to a career in higher education.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I like to travel, garden, and discover new restaurants in St. Louis. A few of my favorites right now include Nomad (Dogtown), Chao Baan (The Grove), and Bagel Union (Webster Groves). I’m happy to share recommendations if asked!

Q: What was your favorite memory from this summer?
A: We took a family trip to San Diego in August. Our kids – Josie (14), Bea (11), and Theo (8) – are getting older, busier, and much less excited about hanging out with us. It was wonderful to have their full attention for a week and discover a new city together.

Student Spotlight: Jeremy Slaten, Class of 2026

Meet Jeremy Slaten, Class of 2026

Hometown: Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Major: Organizational and Strategic Management, Minor in International Business (double major in Film & Media Studies)

Q: What organizations/activities are you involved in here at Olin? Any outside of Olin?
A: I am President of First Generation Investors and a member of Consult your Community. I make documentaries for Student Life (including one about the former business school building, Prince Hall). I am also a WUSA, in the aviation club, in the film club, and on the undergraduate student affairs advisory board.

Q: What is something that you’ve done/accomplished in your time at WashU/Olin that you are most proud of?
A: I am proud of the impact I have made with First Generation Investors as we did our course with a group of high school students at Roosevelt High School, and they each received $100 at the end of the program to invest in stocks/financial instruments of their choosing. They grew so much throughout the semester and made amazing final presentations at the end as well.

Q: What are your favorite things to do outside of school?
A: Outside of school, I like to read, watch/make movies, ride roller coasters, go to the gym, and hang out with friends.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do/place to go in St. Louis?
A: I love the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater – it is the nicest movie theater I have ever been to! It is very clean, has friendly staff, super comfortable seating, and high-quality projection tech.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming first-year students, what would it be?
A: Take the time to explore different interests, whether that be through clubs or classes.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
A: I am truly passionate about WashU and Olin and want to make a positive difference in the community!

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Michael Wall

Meet Michael Wall Professor of Practice – Marketing & Entrepreneurship; Co-Director, Center for Analytics and Business Insights (CABI)

Q: Where is your hometown? How long have you been in St. Louis? At WashU?
A: I moved to St. Louis from Chicago in 2017.

Q: What do you do here at Olin?
A: I teach courses centered on new product innovation, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship marketing. In addition, I’m the co-director of the Center of Analytics & Business Insights and Academic Director of the Values-Based, Data-Driven pillar at Olin.

Q: What is something that you’ve done/accomplished in your time at WashU/Olin that you are most proud of?
A: Learning from students that I have positively impacted their experience at Olin and helped them in their careers is what means the most to me. When I made the decision to leave industry for academia I did it with a complete commitment to our students. I am incredibly fortunate to work with them each day. One of the biggest honors of my career was being awarded the Reid Teaching Award by the graduating BSBA class this past spring. Knowing firsthand how fantastic our faculty are here at Olin, it was really cool.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: In addition to spending time with my wife and two children, I like to play golf and really enjoy everything and anything outdoors.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do/place to go in St. Louis?
A: Taking my kids to Forest Park is something I enjoy a lot. There are so many great things to do and it’s by far the most beautiful park I’ve ever been to in my life.

Q: Anything else about yourself you’d like to share about yourself?
A: I think just how fortunate I am to be part of Olin and Washington University in St. Louis, something I hope remains true for the rest of my career.