June 2022
Vol. VIII Issue 4
Welcome to the Rohrer Review!
From left, Joseph Cosgrove, Dean Sue Lehrman and Jon Vogel '11, Rowan University Alumni Association Board Member
Joseph Cosgrove named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at RCB Commencement Ceremony

The Rowan University Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Alumnus Award annually to an individual who personifies the Rowan University tradition of excellence and brings credit to Rowan University through accomplishments and service.

A graduate of William G. Rohrer College of Business (RCB) with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, Joseph Cosgrove has led Pentec Health, a Glen Mills, PA, health care company, through unprecedented expansion, diversification and profitability.

Under Cosgrove, Pentec Health’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, the company has become an industry leader in providing patient-specific medications in dialysis centers and in-home settings.

Since joining the company in 2008, Cosgrove has overseen various product launches, patent filings and physical plant and facilities expansions. He led Pentec Health to successful exits from previous parent companies and negotiated new investment partnerships, including the 2021 acquisition by Wellspring Capital Management.
In business and in service, entrepreneurship major makes his way — and a way for others

Julian Doroteo discovered early that he wanted to be a barber.

But more than just having his own chair, the Bridgeton resident wants his own storefront. And then a chain of storefronts. And a school to train others so they, too, can one day have their own storefronts. 

In pursuit of that dream, the first-generation college student and licensed cosmetologist transferred to the Rohrer College of Business (RCB) to earn a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship. Already a Marine Corps reservist, he plans to open his first barber shop on Rowan Boulevard this fall.

Though his initial passion for cutting hair set him on his current path, the 24-year-old found real footing—along with inspiration, mentorship and examples to follow—through the RCB entrepreneurship program.
We were so honored to have Linda Rohrer, daughter of William G. Rohrer speak at the Rohrer College of Business Commencement ceremony. She also presented her grandson, Andrew Vail, with his diploma! #RowanProud
Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens shared his business insights and experiences with RCB students during a recent presentation.
Wawa CEO serves up generous helping of business advice and refreshments

Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens knows how to capture the attention of college students.

“He rolled up in style with the Wawa truck, offering soft pretzels, hot chocolate and coffee,” said senior Maksim Berlenbach. “Especially towards the end of the semester, we definitely appreciate that coffee.”

Wawa served snacks for two hours, and then Gheysens presented a talk and question-and-answer session. He shared information about Wawa, the business world and his own experiences.

Students were hungry for his advice.

“As a college student speaking to a CEO, especially one who is so close to home, it’s nice to be able to be able to ask the question: How did you get to where you are today?” Berlenbach said.
From left, Eric Holtzheimer '13; Dean Sandford Tweedie, College of Communications and Creative Arts; Senior Associate Dean Morris Kalliny; Dr. Eric Ligouri, head, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Deputy Director Heather Simmons, Gloucester County Board of Commissioners; Assistant Director Jessica Vattima, Rowan Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Assistant Professor Susana Santos
RCB hosts School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship ribbon cutting, New Venture Competition & Expo

Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business (RCB) officially opened its School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIE) April 22 amid a sea of student business startups – some in the idea stage and others already generating revenue.

A morning ribbon cutting for the SIE marked the start of a school designed to inspire cross-campus entrepreneurial mindsets while the program that followed, the New Venture Competition & Expo, presented students with opportunities to not only exhibit business ideas but to earn seed money to support them.

“This is like the Super Bowl for us,” said Dr. Susana Santos, an assistant professor of Entrepreneurship and associate director of the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the SIE. “Today’s program is an important way for students to showcase their ideas.”
Rowan University launches MBA concentration in cannabis commercialization

With New Jersey now permitting the sale of adult-use cannabis by licensed retailers, Rowan University’s School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is launching a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) concentration and a certificate of graduate study focused on cannabis commercialization. 

The Rowan University MBA is the first and only AACSB-accredited program in the country offering business-focused cannabis coursework designed to meet the emerging and evolving needs of the cannabis industry. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for business schools and colleges, whose accreditation is synonymous with the highest standards in business education.

“Companies directly involved with cannabis cultivation, extraction, manufacturing and retail sales need experts from other industries to adapt, extend and expand best practices into the highly regulated cannabis market,” said Dr. Sue Lehrman, dean of the Rohrer College of Business (RCB). “There is also a strong and growing demand for ancillary businesses that complement and serve the fast-growing cannabis industry in New Jersey and beyond.”  
AACSB recognizes Rohrer College of Business program among "Innovations That Inspire"

International accrediting body AACSB today named Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business (RCB) to a very exclusive group: the Innovations That Inspire spotlight program.

In naming RCB one of just 24 schools worldwide to the program, the AACSB highlighted the college’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, in particular its Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

The free eight-day, non-residential program is open to all rising high school juniors and seniors, regardless of their intended major or college, and has been particularly powerful in its support of underrepresented students.
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