Engagement: The secret to elevating student success

Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan, Toudy Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Black School of Business

Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan, Toudy Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Black School of Business

Credit: Penn State Behrend

It’s been another phenomenal academic year for the Black School of Business.

Our students are receiving top accolades like winning the Charter Financial Analyst Institute’s regional Research Challenge competition in Pittsburgh and then advancing to the regional finals in Chicago to be one of the top 21 teams in the world.

They’re preparing themselves to be successful business leaders through our new professional development program—now involving more than 400 of our students. They’re turning their ideas into entrepreneurial ventures. And they’re being sought after by the top firms in the country, including Amazon, Ernst & Young, and Lockheed Martin.

On a separate note, this year saw Penn State’s multi-campus iMBA, led by the Black School of Business, ranked 7th in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

These achievements have been made possible by the contributions of many—faculty members, staff members, corporate partners, alumni, advisory board members, and industry leaders. In short, it is the engagement of these partners that fuels our success.

In this issue of the Black School of Business Magazine, you will read how these diverse forms of engagement are having an impact on students and graduates. How alumni like Bruce Gray and Angela Hudak are contributing to student learning and professional success. How faculty are engaging with students in entrepreneurial ventures and the aforementioned Research Challenge. How corporate partners help to bring student experiences to life on the school’s annual spring business trip.

I hope that you enjoy reading these stories and that they inspire you to engage with us. Please stay tuned for many more stories of student success in the future—made possible by the engagement of so many committed partners.

Sincerely,

Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan
Toudy Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Director, Black School of Business