Mount forms advisory council for its business programs

July 01, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Mount Saint Mary College recently formed an expanded President’s Advisory/Business Advisory Council composed of 20 business leaders from throughout the region.

“The purpose of the council is to help provide support for the Mount’s business programs and to provide feedback about the characteristics that employers would like graduates to have,” explained Carl Meyer, chair of the council.

The members assist the college specifically in

  • establishing an ongoing connection with the business community;
  • enhancing awareness of current business practices and issues;
  • assisting the division of business in assessing the effectiveness of its academic programming, organizational structures, and managerial processes;
  • and providing feedback and advice on changes and initiatives developed by the school of business.

The members are: Carl E. Meyer, chair, The Solar Energy Consortium; Andrew Weiss, secretary, business chair at Mount Saint Mary College; Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, Inc.; Lou Bach, president of Spectrum Pension & Compensation Inc. in Newburgh, NY; Joseph A. Catania Jr., Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahon & Millgram, PLLC in Newburgh, NY; Dr. William M. Cummings, retired executive, Texaco Inc. in Fishkill, NY; James Drohan, Donoghue, Thomas, Auslander & Drohan, LLP in Hopewell Junction, NY; R. Abel Garraghan, president of Heritagenergy, Inc. in Kingston, NY; Jennifer George, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP in Newburgh, NY; Dan Gruner, Rose and Kiernan Inc. an insurance company with locations around the Northeast; Wilbur Higgins, general manager of Mill Creek Golf Course in Marlboro, NY; Kathleen Kazakoff, MD, MS, CPC, CMPE, The Hudson Valley Heart Center with locations throughout upstate New York; Ed Kellogg, Kirchhoff/Consigli Construction Management in Pleasant Valley, NY; Harold King, executive director of The Council of Industry in Newburgh, NY; Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College; Mary Madden, president and CEO of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union in Poughkeepsie, NY; Michael Oates, CEO of Hudson River Ventures, LLC in Kingston, NY; Peter M. Olympia, Jr., founder and managing partner of Strategic Alliance, LLC in Dutchess County, NY; Jason Siegel, Wells Fargo Advisors in the New City Area; and Tom Weddell, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP.

Meyer, former CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Vincent Cozzolino, vice president of Falatech (both of The Solar Energy Consortium), recently debuted a Mount course on manufacturing. This fall, they will team teach BUS 4119-1, the business of renewable energy. Students will find it accessible regardless of their majors, and it is open to anyone interested in sustainability, alternative energy, technology or government policy. The course counts as a business elective for students majoring in accounting or business.

Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Mount’s business programs are relevant to the needs of the business community, as well as the students. Technology, international vision, and modern organizational science combine to prepare students for careers in a global economy. With a liberal arts core, they develop critical thinking and communication skills to use in the fields of management, finance, economics, and marketing.

Mount Saint Mary College is also accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the New York State Education Department.