Director's Message

Dr. Greg Filbeck

Dr. Greg Filbeck

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Greetings! We hope you enjoy this latest issue of Business News. The fall semester has been busy— with the return of our professional development activities and student clubs to in-person events, masked but no longer requiring social distancing.

The enthusiasm was evident as the semester began with our outdoor kick-off event, which drew nearly 200 students and record sign-ups for the student organizations that were present. You can read more about that event in this Business News.

Our two new outreach centers have taken off exponentially this fall. The Center for Family Business received exposure from five major media outlets in September and October. The center’s first big event featured a keynote address by executives of Spangler Candy Company and a panel of board members discussing critical topics in family businesses.

In the coming months, we will be hiring a director for the center, helped along by an anonymous $150,000 gift to support the launch. Memberships are now available for the center!

Our Center for Financial Literacy, meanwhile, is off to a fast start with more than a dozen regional presentations and continued analytical work in conjunction with the CFA Society Pittsburgh.

We thank our 175 professionals who serve on one or more of our advisory boards within the school. In the spring, our Strategic Planning Task Force will begin work on our new strategic plan, Strategy 2028. We will complete that in the fall of 2022 before our next AACSB Peer Review Team visit for reaccreditation in the spring of 2023.

Dr. Greg Filbeck,
Director of the Black School of Business