School of Business

School of Business

The School of Business prepares students for the global economy and addresses real-world challenges. Its strategic location offers students many opportunities for on-the-job experiences in the Capital Region, as well as New York, Boston and other major cities. A worldwide network of successful alumni provides valuable mentoring and career contacts.

Major Highlights

A new home for the School of Business is one step closer to reality with the approval of $54 million in state funding in the 2008-09 state budget. Critical private support is also growing. The 90,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building will double the size of the School's current space. Construction will begin in the 2010-11 academic year.

Donald Siegel was selected as the School's new dean. He was professor of entrepreneurship and associate dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Riverside. Siegel succeeds Paul Leonard, who continues his academic appointment as professor of finance.

Weekend and Evening MBA students traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to discover first-hand how the country has become the economic powerhouse that it is today. The students visited Pfizer Shared Financial Services Center, Curam Software, Microsoft Ireland, Ireland Development Agency, and other organizations.

MBA program alumnus Mark Boucher '06, Price Chopper Supermarket's vice president for operational administration, helped students from the MBA and MS accounting programs celebrate Thanksgiving at a meal coordinated by the Department of Accounting and Law. He delivered turkey and trimmings supplied by Price Chopper, and international students shared foods from their home countries.

Awards and Recognition

Dean Paul A. Leonard '75, '76 received a 2007 University at Albany Foundation Citizen Laureate Award.

Associate Professor Kinsun Tam, along with co-author G. Geerts, received the Outstanding Education Paper Award from the American Accounting Association Information Systems Section Mid-Year Meeting. Their paper, "KaDo: An advanced data modeling, database design, database implementation, and information retrieval case for the accounting information systems class," was accepted for publication by the Journal of Information Systems.

Professor Gary Yukl received the Walter Ulmer Applied Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Yukl was recognized for his outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

Four School of Business students won scholarships from the Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association: Jennifer Brown and Oiza Garba, grand prize, for developing a marketing plan for Jack's Neighborhood Pizza in Albany; Scott DeMarco, first prize, for his work on; and Cathie Wright, second prize, for her work for SuperPower Inc. Associate Professor Paul Schurr advised Brown, Garba and Wright, and Adjunct Professor Scott Davidson advised DeMarco.

Major Gifts

Many School of Business alumni are supporting the new state-of-the-art business building with generous donations: Robert '77 and Dorothy Matza '78 gave $100,000; Kimberley Welsh '89, $100,000; and David '81 and Lynette Buzen '82, $50,000.

Three new scholarships were created by alumni: Petri Memorial Scholarship, Elizabeth and Edward Demske Scholarship, and Professor Sanjay Goel Information Assurance Scholarship.