The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of the UB School of Management

Arjang A. Assad

Dean's Advisory Council

A Message from the Dean

Global Positioning for a World of Business

With a solid year behind me as the dean of the School of Management, it is clearer than ever to me that we have much to be proud of as a successful business school.

It was exceptionally gratifying, however, to learn through a survey of alumni, students, faculty, staff and recruiters that the areas that we consider to be our greatest strengths are the same that you consider to be our assets. Without stealing thunder from our “Points of Pride” article, you will find these themes repeated in every story we tell about the School of Management. The strength of our world-renowned faculty, the incredible impact of our alumni and the global focus of everything we do all combine to give our alumni an incredible connection—to the school, to each other and to the business world.

In our cover story on the health care industry, you will see the impact of our alumni on issues that affect the entire nation. And our impact on the local economy is evident through events like our Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, our student-led volunteer income tax service and our MoneySKILL® outreach initiatives, all of which are highlighted in Start-Ups.

Our faculty are sought after by the media for their expertise (see NewsBites) and their thought leadership is demonstrated through their cutting-edge research (see Insights). Our feature story, “Smart Cars Go to School,” is an excellent example of how innovative teaching can enhance the student experience and add value to our programs.

The diversity of our programs in our increasingly “flat” world and the strength of our international reputation help ensure that the School of Management degree is a credential that opens doors for our graduates at any business anywhere in the world.

As we begin a new academic year, I look forward to forging ahead on a number of initiatives, including exciting innovations in our MBA program, our growing programs in India and Singapore and a renewed emphasis on external relations.

As always, thank you for your dedication as alumni of the school. I welcome your thoughts and ideas.


Arjang A. Assad