Dean's Message


Welcome to the Geneseo School of Business!Mary Ellen Zuckerman

We’re delighted to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for this 2022-2023 academic year. We’re very much looking forward to interacting with our students and other stakeholders in person. We are proud of the rich array of curricular and co-curricular activities we offer in our AACSB accredited Business School.  AACSB reaffirmed our School’s accredited status last spring, providing an external validation of the high quality education we provide our students.

     Our-award winning faculty draw on the varied experiences of our students to create dynamic and effective learning environments. 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. The willingness of our BAC members and other alumni to engage provides our students with a winning edge.  

     We continue to attract talented students from a wide variety of experiences. The diversity of our students enriches the experiences of all of us, in and outside the classroom.  We are strongly committed  to diversity, equity and inclusion (see separate statement on this under the Dean’s message tab), in our curriculum and in our co-curricular activities.

     We offer our four-year Professional Development requirement. It is comprised of a series of workshops and lectures that build students’ skills. Students set up LinkedIn accounts, create cover letters and resumes and engage in career exploration. They move on to learning and practicing networking tools, both in person and online. Alumni present on skills and credentials needed in particular industries. This carefully crafted co-curricular program is supplemented with on campus and virtual visits by alumni, employers and internship sponsors who come into classes or  Zoom in, giving lectures and holding informal meetings. We will resume our trips to NYC for students to visit Geneseo alumni in their workplaces and to learn more about different professions.

     We are always innovating and improving our curriculum. We now new majors in  data analytics and finance, and are establishing a marketing major which will start in Fall 2023.  We have a new Data Analytics Lab, where students can practice their data analytic skills, supported by teaching assistants.   

     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 outstanding 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 about different industries and professional behavior. 

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

Mary Ellen

CONGRATULATIONS to our Dean..... Rochester Business Journal's 2020 Women of Excellence.  Faculty & Staff Coming Together and showing positivity during difficult times!!!