Director’s Message

Ozgun C. Demirag

Ozgun C. Demirag

Credit: Penn State

As interim director of the Black School of Business, I am honored to share with you the vision, achievements, and aspirations of our school.

Following a remarkably favorable evaluation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), our School’s accreditation has been extended with no requirements. AACSB is the premier accreditation agency for business programs, and our reaccreditation solidifies our position among the world’s top business schools and renews our commitment to delivering excellence in business education.

Guiding our journey is our five-year strategic plan—Vision 2028. We are already achieving success in multiple areas of this plan. This issue of Business News illustrates our progress.

Our students and faculty are collaborating on industry-supported projects, delivering hands-on learning experiences for our students and benefits for organizations and society (e.g., the Juice Jar project and case competitions profiled in this issue). We offer high-quality, innovative programs that set us apart in content, scope, and reach (e.g., our Project and Supply Chain Management program now offered via World Campus). We support our students’ career readiness through programs like Executives-in-Residence and business etiquette initiatives (also highlighted in this issue).

Our faculty and students are contributing to knowledge in their fields, getting published in prestigious outlets, and being named among the most highly cited researchers worldwide.

Our former director, Dr. Greg Filbeck, now serves as the college’s interim vice chancellor and associate dean for Academic Affairs. I extend my gratitude on behalf of the Black School of Business faculty, staff, and students for his exceptional leadership, vision, and contributions to the school.

I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our school and look forward to sharing our future successes with you!

Dr. Ozgun C. Demirag
Interim Director of the Black School of Business