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Dean's Message

Mary Ellen ZuckermanWelcome to the SUNY Geneseo School of Business,

     The hallmark of our School of Business is excellence. We attract talented students from a wide variety of experiences to our School. The diversity of ours students enriches the experiences of all of us, in and outside the classroom. Our-award winning faculty draw on the varied experiences of our students to create dynamic and effective learning environments in our classes. Faculty stay up-to-date with the business world both through their scholarship and through their engagement in curriculum groups with our Business Advisory Council members. This ensures the currency of our curriculum, and the ability of our students to leave after four years well prepared for the opportunities in today’s business world and graduate schools.

     Our four-year Professional Development requirement is comprised of a series of workshops and lectures that build students’ skills throughout their time at the School of Business. Students set up LinkedIn accounts, create cover letters and resumes and engage in career exploration. They move on to learning and practicing networking tools. Alumni present on skills and credentials needed in particular industries. This carefully crafted co-curricular program is supplemented with weekly on campus visits by alumni, employers and internship sponsors who visit classes, give lectures and hold informal meetings with students. Our regular trips to NYC where students visit Geneseo alumni at their businesses are a consistently an amazing learning and networking experience.

     We are always innovating and improving our curriculum, to keep it excellent. This year we moved to requiring a data analytics course for all School of Business students and we are creating a data analytics minor. We also are adding more entrepreneurship material with an eye to putting in place an entrepreneurship minor.  

     In all these efforts to be a business school of excellence, our Business Advisory Council (BAC) and Alumni Connections Council (ACC) members are a huge support. These individuals are alumni of the School who are dedicated to helping our current students get the best possible business education and obtain the best possible job or graduate school placement. We have two BAC groups of 25 each, one based in Western NY and the other centered on New York City. We have ACC members, alums 10 or fewer years out, in both locales as well. These  council members assist us in keeping a current curriculum, in preparing our students for top jobs and graduate schools, and educate students in their workplaces and on campus about different industries and professional behavior.  

     When you join the School of Business you are joining a community of dedicated educators and learners, who all are committed to excellence and to helping one another.  Thank you for being part of this group!


Mary Ellen