The Bard’s bust and the dean’s office: ‘The soul of this man is his clothes’

  • February 16, 2018
  • By Kurt Greenbaum
  • 1 minute read

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man…

—Hamlet act 1, sc. 3

By now, it’s no secret that Olin Dean Mark Taylor is something of an expert on William Shakespeare. Sure, he’s got degrees in economics and finance, but he also has a master’s degree in English renaissance and romantic literature.

He’s spoken frequently about the still-valuable messages Shakespeare conveys about business leadership and management and has collaborated with the UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

None of that has stopped him and members of his staff from having a bit of a laugh at The Bard’s expense, however. You can find the soul of this man in the dean’s office.

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Kurt Greenbaum

Kurt Greenbaum

As communications director for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to find and share great stories about our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I've worked for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management as communications director and as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sun-Sentinel in South Florida and the Chicago Tribune.

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