Viewpoint Fall 2016

Dear School of Business Alumni and Friends:

Hany Shawkey, Interim Dean, UAlbany School of BusinessI am proud and humbled to be named interim dean of the School of Business. For more than 30 years, I have seen the school grow and thrive through changing environments. This decade brings positive change to the school. Through the opening of the Massry Center for Business, a hub of learning and innovation, coupled with our offerings in traditional business subjects as well as cutting edge programs in digital forensics, forensic accounting, financial market regulation and human resource information systems, we are poised to bring the School of Business to the next level of excellence. 

Alumni are vital to our success. You are the key to our present and future success, providing internship and placement opportunities to our students, funding scholarships and telling the world about the excellent education you received here. This fall, we awarded 50 scholarships to 75 students at the 32nd Annual Student Awards Ceremony. Just 10 years ago, we gave out only 16 awards at this event. The tremendous growth in scholarships represents your unwavering support and confidence in the school.

As you know, UAlbany President Robert Jones left the university to assume his new role as chancellor of the University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and we wish him well. He was a terrific supporter of the School of Business. We are fortunate to have Interim President James Steller to lead the university until a permanent president is chosen. University Council Chair and School of Business alumnus Michael Castellana ’84, ’92, president and CEO of SEFCU, is heading the  presidential search. 

Our previous dean, Dr. Donald Siegel stepped down to work on grants, his scholarship and a new book contract. The school achieved many notable accomplishments during his eight years as dean, including opening the Massry Center for Business. He was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

I am excited to have Associate Dean Dr. Ingrid Fisher by my side as we move the school forward. As chair of the department of accounting and law, Ingrid created one of the top accounting programs in the Northeast. We are happy to have her as part of the school leadership team.

As you will see through the stories in this magazine, we continue to attract great students and dedicated faculty. Our faculty are engaged in meaningful research (Dr. Sanjay Goel’s recent cybersecurity grants and Dr. InduShobha Chengalur-Smith’s work on virtual communities) and go the extra mile to truly prepare our students for the changing workforce (Dr. Mary Wladkowski’ s efforts to secure a partnership with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.) Also read about our latest group of talented young faculty who joined the school this fall

We honor alumni and friends of the school through stories on commencement, featuring alumna Joan Solotar ’86, the Alumni Association Excellence Awards and the legacy of J. Spencer Standish, a terrific supporter of the school.

I look forward to working closely with our students, our alums, our faculty and staff, and the university administration to move the School of Business forward to the next chapter of success. 

Hany A. Shawky, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Business