Director's Message

A portrait of Greg Filbeck, the new director of the Black School of Business at Penn State Berhend

Greg Filbeck has been named director of the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. He has taught at the college and served in various administrative roles since 2006.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

“The future looks bright for the Black School of Business.”

Professional development, engagement, and outreach are the overarching themes of a packed agenda for the Black School of Business this fall.

From continued growth of our mentoring program to Business Blitz; from expansion of Corporate Days to hosting conferences and executives from across the country; from celebrating successes of our alumni to international recognition of our faculty, we are blazing new trails as we continue to build on our great brand. In this issue, you’ll read about the launch of our new Executive in Residence program, the introduction of a minor in entrepreneurship, new learning opportunities for students in a number of our academic programs, and the great work of our Economic Research Institute of Erie, the foremost authority on the Erie area economy.

Since my appointment as director in April, I have met with all of the school’s faculty and with members of our Business Advisory Board to solicit feedback on perceived strengths, to identify strategic opportunities going forward, and to determine areas of passion from each in realizing such opportunities. With this input, we have relaunched our strategic planning process to look beyond our current Strategy 2020 plan, which continues to guide our school forward.

The future looks bright for the Black School of Business with our growing programs; our engaged faculty, staff, and students; our loyal and proud alumni, and the outstanding support of our advisory board and the Penn State community.

Dr. Greg Filbeck