School of Business

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 1,431
  • Bachelor's: 981
  • Master's: 347
  • Doctoral: 17

School of Business

Major Highlights

Perkins+Will was selected as the architect for the new School of Business building. The internationally recognized firm has planned business school facilities at 15 universities, including Duke, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, and NYU, and has considerable expertise in designing green buildings. Construction is expected to begin in the 2010-11 academic year.

The School's M.B.A. program was ranked in the top 15 nationally in two categories by The Princeton Review: No. 9 for providing the "Greatest Opportunity for Women"  and No. 14 for superlative preparation of students in general management. UAlbany was the only SUNY research university to appear on any of The Princeton Review's top-15 lists across nine categories.

The School, along with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, hosted the Technology Transfer Society Annual Conference, the leading academic conference on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. UAlbany alumnus Rich Green, one of the world's foremost experts on open innovation, was a keynote speaker.

Dean Donald Siegel co-edited special issues of three leading academic journals: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management on "University Technology Transfer";  Journal of Management Studies on "Research and Technology Commercialization"; and Economica on "The Growth of Gambling and Prediction Markets: Economic and Financial Implications."

Awards and Recognition

Professor Hany Shawky was ranked No. 550 in the world in terms of influence on the field of finance (out of over 9,000 academics) in a paper, "Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959-2008," published by the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Gary Yukl was ranked No. 85 in the world in terms of scholarly influence in the field of management in a study published by the Journal of Management.

A study published in the Journal of Management ranked UAlbany No. 56 worldwide among the 100 most-cited universities in the field of management from 1981 to 2004.
Professor Giri Kumar Tayi was re-appointed to a three-year term as an associate editor of Information Systems Research, a premier scholarly journal in the field of information systems.
Associate Professor Sanjay Goel was awarded a prestigious AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship for his proposed study on "Investigating Complex Systems: Can Communicating Light Signals Reduce Congestion and Emissions?"

The Small Business Development Center, directed by William Brigham, was named one of the top ten centers in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A team of M.B.A. students, Andrew Cuthbert, Mark Adams, and James McGaughan, won a top prize of $4,000 (with another $1,000 to the School) in the Price Chopper Innovation Challenge. Their winning idea helps customers build grocery lists online. Vice Dean for Administration Linda Krzykowski served as their faculty adviser.

Dean Siegel was named by Governor David A. Paterson to the New York Small Business Task Force, created to provide guidance to policymakers on how to promote the growth and development of small business enterprises in New York.
Dean Siegel served as a Carlton Whitehead Distinguished Lecturer at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, delivering presentations on university technology transfer and corporate social responsibility.

The Journal of Technology Transfer, which is edited by Dean Siegel, was selected for inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index. It is the only academic journal devoted to the managerial and policy implications of technology transfer.
The Human Resource/Information Systems concentration in the School's M.B.A. program was recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management, the premier human resource association, as one of four M.B.A. programs in the country meeting their criteria for a comprehensive education in human resource management. It is the only M.B.A. program in the nation to incorporate information technology into a human resource curriculum.


Dean Donald Siegel, (with Professor Albert Link of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro), $190,000, National Science Foundation, "University Research Parks and the Innovative Performance of Park Firms."  

Associate Professor Sanjay Goel, $142,000, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, "Self-Organized Transport Systems," and $2.3 million, Palantir Technologies, for equipment for research on digital security.

Assistant Professor Eliot Rich, $25,000, European Commission, for his participation in a project to develop crisis management plans in the event of cross-border power grid failures. Of the more than 20 participants in the Spain-based project, Rich is the only one from a non-European Union nation.

Major Gifts

The School raised over $3 million in gifts and donations during 2008-09.

Major gifts included $525,000 from Deloitte, spearheaded by Jeff Black '76 and George Warnock '79; $250,00 from Michael Carmen '84; $100,000 from Tom Metzold, MBA '87, and his wife Karen Manor, MBA '87; $100,000 from Dean Backer '88; $100,000 from Anthony McCarthy, MBA '84, (the Professor Lakshmi Mohan Endowed Scholarship); $100,000 from alumni at Ernst & Young; and $25,000 from Roanne Kulakoff '81.

Faculty Appointments

Na Dai (Ph.D.-University of Kansas) and Dennis Caplan (Ph.D.-University of California, Berkeley) joined the faculty. Dai conducts research on entrepreneurial finance, including private equity and venture capital. Caplan, who previously taught accounting at Columbia University, is an expert in management accounting, auditing, fraud detection, and accounting for entrepreneurial firms.