March 2017

Dear Fellow Deans,

It is hard to believe that spring is here and we had our spring break already! I was glad to take a break from the hectic pace that defines our semesters. It was such a joy connecting with many of you last month at the AACSB Deans Conference in New Orleans. I have always found this conclave energizing, as it reaffirms the good work we do to deliver a high-quality, relevant business education to each of our students. The past few weeks saw us host some great industry experts, recognize an up-and-coming academic leader and take a step toward launching an M.B.A. program in Manhattan. Read about these below. 

Rajib N. Sanyal, Ph.D.

Academic Leader

This past fall, Gita Surie, Ph.D. (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), was elected chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Decision Sciences, the largest (by faculty) in the School. A prolific scholar, Dr. Surie is the recipient of the Madeleine Gardner Career Award for 2017. The annual award was established by Gardner, founder of the Women’s Program in Management at Adelphi University and subsequently acting dean of University College, to encourage women faculty members or administrators to further the professional, intellectual and career development of the selected individual.

Annette Marinaccio, associate vice president of business development at Northwell Health, was just one of the guest speakers the Willumstad School hosted last month.


This past month, we hosted three experts as part of The Practitioner’s Perspective: Distinguished Speaker Series. Their talks reinforce classroom learning around our mission with its focus on ethics, sustainability and innovation. Jonathan Holtz, chairman and CEO of Winholt, a leading producer of food preparation equipment; William Faraday, the former worldwide director of environmental affairs at Colgate Palmolive; and Annette Marinaccio, associate vice president of business development at Northwell Health, a major provider of  medical care, interacted with students and faculty.

An M.B.A. in New York

Starting this fall, the Willumstad School will be offering courses toward a global-focused M.B.A. in the Wall Street area of New York City. The campus will let us combine classroom instruction with experiential learning by drawing on the extraordinary resources of this dynamic area and connecting with our huge alumni base there. Students will also live in the city, thus affording a unique one-of-a-kind education. To learn more, send an email to Michael Minutoli, director of graduate programs, at
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