Retired and Remembered

Celebrated Careers in the School of Business

Cecilia McHugh Falbe
Best of Teaching and Research
Associate Professor, Management

Cecilia Falbe earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and was soon hired as an assistant professor of management for the University at Albany. Her legacy is the graduate class in change management, regarded by students and alumni as the best part of the MBA concentration in human resource information systems.

Her research interests include leadership, influence tactics, entrepreneurship, strategic management, organization theory and franchising. Beyond her academic research, she was an excellent teacher with well-received classroom presence.
Dr. Falbe is fondly known for her dog, Mr. Hastings.

Hal G. Gueutal
HRIS Before HRIS Existed
Associate Professor; Director of the HRIS Program

Few had thought about combining the paper-heavy field of human resources with information technology in 1985 when
Dr. Hal Gueutal and his colleagues created the MBA concentration in Human Resource Information Systems. Since then, companies have realized that instead of an information technology practitioner, they need a human resource professional
who knows information technology. Even in our tech-hungry age, it remains one of the few programs combining both disciplines.

Lakshmi Mohan
Grand Dame of ITM
Vincent O’Leary Emeritus Associate Professor in Information Technology Management

Forty years ago, Dr. Lakshmi Mohan was late for her new job as a professor in the burgeoning management information systems program. On her way to the U.S. her plane was hijacked, and she and her fellow passengers were taken hostage. She safely arrived at UAlbany one week later.

Then dean, Warren Haynes, had created an MBA program for “the people the Harvards won’t admit,” as he stated it, incorporating a yearlong field project overseen by faculty. Mohan ran with it.

Mohan is known as a passionate and demanding teacher, revered by her fellow faculty, students and alumni. Both a Professor Lakshmi Mohan Endowed Scholarship and an Alumni of Professor Lakshmi Mohan Computer Lab, are named for the highly respected associate professor emeritus.

Peter J. Ross
Practitioner to Educator
Lecturer, Information Technology Management

Every prospective business student from 1999 through 2014 passed through Peter Ross’s class in information technologies for business. A conservative estimate brings the total to more than 15,000 students.

Ross brought a practitioner’s perspective to his teaching. After earning a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, he dug into systems work until he graduated from UAlbany with an MBA in 1974 and was hired by Ernst & Young. He worked there for 10 years, taking on a variety of private sector and independent consultant roles in New York City and the Capital Region until he landed in a teaching role in information technology management for the School of Business, where he stayed for 15 years.

 

Paul Schurr
Teach, Research, Ski, Repeat
Associate Professor and Chair of Marketing

Paul Schurr was a physics major who dove into marketing in the UAlbany MBA program, a field he continued to study in his Ph.D. program at Northwestern University. He taught at the University of North Carolina before coming to the University at Albany in 1985, where he stayed until retirement last year, logging 30 years teaching marketing in
a changing landscape.

Dr. Schurr, a well-published professor, was also recognized for teaching excellence, receiving the Harold L. Cannon Memorial Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Graduate Teaching Award. He is an avid skier who shares his passion for the sport as a ski instructor.

 

Gary Yukl
Eminent Scholar
Vincent O’Leary Emeritus Professor of Management

Professor Gary Yukl is recognized worldwide for his work in leadership. The Journal of Management ranked him 85th among research scholars who have had the greatest impact on the field of management during the past quarter century.

He is the recipient of two career achievement awards: the 2007 Walter Ulmer Applied Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership for his outstanding research and the 2011 Eminent Leadership Scholar from the Network of Leadership Scholars. He was the first School of Business recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Research.