Welcome to the School of Business!
Since coming to the School of Business on July 1, 2020, I was able to meet so many people virtually, including our faculty, staff, students, and others from across the College, as well as over 50 alumni. It was thrilling to begin so many relationships, and I am elated to now greet people in person as we return to face-to-face instruction this fall. Before we return, I think it is important to look back on this past challenging year and celebrate the successes, milestones, and advancements of our students, faculty, and staff, all of whom showed great strength and resiliency in adapting to a remote environment. While we highlight only a few here, please visit our new website where you will find more information about this past year, as well as upcoming events for 2021-2022.
Our School of Business continues to be named among the top 100 undergraduate schools in the nation by Poets & Quants, based on alumni surveys. Our first cohort of MBA students graduated in August 2021, attending the May ceremony. Students excelled in our virtual Mayo Business Plan Competition and other case conferences that they attended. In 2021, the School of Business was proud to claim two Blue & Gold Hall of Fame inductees. Three School of Business students received the top three scores in New Jersey on the Microsoft Excel testing exam. Lastly, a finance major was the co-recipient of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of New York’s highest honor, the Distinguished Scholar Award.
Of course, our students’ triumphs reflect the hard work and dedication of our faculty.In addition to remote teaching, our exceptional faculty published many papers and received research awards. Dr. Bill Keep hosted a virtual international conference on multi-level marketing with the most influential experts in the industry, who presented to over 700 participants. Dr. Gerald Miller and Dr. Abdus Shahid celebrated long-term anniversaries of 25 years and 30 years, respectively. We extend our heartfelt thanks and wish all the best to an esteemed professor from the finance department, Dr. Herbert (Buddy) Mayo, who retired on July 1 after 38 years of service, teaching hundreds of finance students and writing two preeminent finance textbooks.
The School of Business staff were hard at work as well.We updated our Strategic Plan in advance of our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation Continuous Improvement Visit in fall 2022. Our vision is to be a premier business school amongst regional publics, with a mission to educate learners to become successful professionals and socially responsible citizens poised for positions of leadership. With respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our Action Planning Committee planned, and continues to plan, activities designed to maintain a safe environment where all are heard and respected. The MBA program launched a new joint degree with the public health program, MBA/MPH, and a new stand-alone graduate Business Analytics certificate. Please watch for new curriculum changes on the horizon as we work to adapt to changes in the Certified Public Accountant exam, and potentially start new specializations in finance and management.
Looking forward to this academic year in-person, we will hold our student Welcome Picnic this fall on September 16. We anticipate upcoming alumni events. We look forward to the Mayo Business Plan Competition and our Women’s Leadership Summit, as well as our popular Business Leaders Talk series. For students, watch for announcements to “Meet the Dean” in person in our lounge, one afternoon per month. We are so eager for an exciting 2021-2022 academic year.