Congratulations and welcome to Wharton! In our role as the Office of Student Life, we are thrilled to work closely with you over the next two years as you explore and make Wharton your own.
We are a student-centric team dedicated to creating as cohesive and connected a Wharton community as possible. The four Cluster Associate Directors who form the pillars of this initiative are embedded in day-to-day student life, and advise students on all the aspects of the Wharton experience that extend beyond the realm of academics. Whether that includes managing a club or conference, traveling the globe, networking with peers and business leaders, or becoming a Welcome Committee member or Student Life Fellow, we look forward to supporting your endeavors. As you will soon see, Wharton is a special place, and a unique forum for the countless opportunities you will have to stretch your boundaries and try new things.
We look forward to meeting you all in April, and we are excited about getting to know each and every one of you. Enjoy the weekend, and again, welcome to Wharton!
The MBA Office of Student Life
Alex Richardson, Associate Director, Cluster 1
Alex is one of four Associate Directors for Student Life. In addition to his Associate Director duties for Cluster 1, he is the administrative liaison for Wharton Conferences and social media initiatives.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Alex was a Strategy Consultant at Accenture where he advised senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies on their most pressing talent and organizational issues. He has also advised the CIO of Dell on a vendor management strategy and, for 5 years, served as an admissions director for Yale.
Outside of work, Alex loves to play billiards and to travel whenever he can – in the past year he visited the filming site of Indiana Jones in Petra, Jordan and the top of the Andes in Machu Picchu. Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Astrophysics from Yale University, and an MBA Degree in Information Management from The University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business).
Kristen Auch, Associate Director, Cluster 2
In her role as Associate Director, Kristen is responsible for actively supporting Cluster 2 and serving as the principal co-curricular, administrative, and personal resource for each student. In addition, Kristen is the administrative liaison for Wharton Conferences and Social Media Initiatives.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Kristen worked with graduate students in the student life realm for nearly 8 years at New York University. Most recently at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and was NYU School of Law before that.
Outside of work, Kristen enjoys exploring Philadelphia through the various historical sites and gastronomy. She lives in Fairmount with her husband Kyle, son Murphy and their beloved dog Bubby. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Political Science from Trinity College, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from NYU Steinhardt.
Larry Rappoport, Associate Director, Cluster 3
Larry Rappoport is one of four Associate Directors for Student Life. In this role, Larry is responsible for actively supporting Cluster 3 and serving as the principal resource for each student regarding all things co-curricular and extracurricular. In addition, Larry runs the Wharton Leadership Lecture Series and advises the Leadership Lecture Committee.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Larry had a diverse career including stints in medical research, pharmaceutical sales, journalism, and brand marketing. He’s spent the better part of this past decade as a lead writer in the world of advertising. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and on websites.
Outside of work, Larry occasionally performs improv and entertains himself by hitting the gym and taking classes in Philadelphia – and, of course, catching a nap when he can. He and his wife, Becka, recently welcomed their new daughter Madeleine to the family! Larry holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Biological Sciences from The University of Delaware, and an MBA Degree in Marketing from Emory University.
Eric Morin, Associate Director, Cluster 4
Eric Morin is an Associate Director in the MBA Office of Student Life and is entering his fourth year on the staff of The Wharton School. In his role as Associate Director, Eric is responsible for actively supporting Cluster 4 and serving as the principal co-curricular, administrative, and personal resource for each student. In addition, Eric acts as the administrative liaison for the Wharton Partners Club and Kids Club, he is a member of the Wharton San Francisco Innovation Group, he serves as an Open Expression Monitor for the broader Penn community, and manages the new Wharton space at 2401 Walnut St.
Prior to his time at Wharton, Eric spent six years as an Assistant Football and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, from which he graduated in 2002. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University, he became an Assistant Dean of Students at Bowdoin, a role in which he served for two years. A Vermont native, Eric loves to snowboard and stay active, and he still maintains his NSCA Strength and Conditioning Certification. Eric lives in Queen Village, Philadelphia with his wife, Anna (Penn ’05), and their daughters, Ruby and Hattie.
Rolanda Hall, Office Manager
Rolanda is the Office Manager for the MBA Office of Student Life and recently completed her 25th year of service to Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania. In her current role, Rolanda is responsible for coordinating the logistics behind all events sponsored by the Office of Student Life. She is also responsible for the Student Life Office budget and internal financial reporting, enabling the team to execute against its mission and continually enhance the student experience. Rolanda’s dedication to student life actually predates our team, having spent nearly 15 years at Graduate Student Affairs before it became the Office of Student Life. She has also spent time working with Wharton’s Finance Department and UPenn’s Human Resources division.
Rolanda also does contract event-planning work throughout Philadelphia. A native of the city of brotherly love, Rolanda brings her work home with her, and is well-known for the events she organizes at home for friends and family.