July 12, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The Mount Saint Mary College Business Advisory Council attendees from the latest meeting, left to right: Rob Affuso, president, Soulsystem Orchestras; Peter Gregory, instructor of Business at Mount Saint Mary College; Harold King, executive VP, The Council of Industry; Sean Creighton ’92, managing director, BoulevardOne Marketing, and adjunct professor at Westchester Community College; Michael Fox, assistant professor of Business Law and Pre-Law Advisor, Mount Saint Mary College; Thomas Weddell, director, RBT CPAs, LLP; Veronica McMillan, assistant professor of Healthcare Management and MBA Coordinator, Mount Saint Mary College; Scott Russell, assistant professor of Sports Management, Mount Saint Mary College; Susan Dean, director of operations, McKesson; and Thomas Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of Finance, Mount Saint Mary College.
Early on a Wednesday morning, as most people were preparing to start their day, the Mount Saint Mary College Business Advisory Council is in session.
The council brings together Mount professionals and local business leaders to examine cutting-edge business practices and discuss how to keep the college’s courses connected to real-world business needs.
Co-chaired by Thomas Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of Finance; and Michael Fox, assistant professor of Business Law and Pre-Law advisor, the council meets several times a year.
“Our goal is to reach out to business leaders in the community, let them know about the programs and resources we have at the Mount, and they can tell us about their newest accomplishments and trends,” explained Fitzmaurice. “It opens up opportunities for both the college and these local businesses.”
He added, “In business, everything changes so fast. If you stay in isolation, I think you lose sight of things.”
In addition to traditional academic preparation, with the council’s input, the Mount’s School of Business can tailor courses to meet current business needs. It’s a symbiotic relationship: Mount Business students graduate with the training they need to succeed, and local businesses enjoy a larger pool of job applicants with the skills they want and need.
“Council members not only work with us, but they get to know each other’s industries,” noted Fox. “We tell our students that networking is always important, and this is a practical application of that.”
At the undergraduate and graduate levels, School of Business students at Mount Saint Mary College enjoy many real-world opportunities, with recent hands-on experiences at dozens of top firms. Students can immerse themselves in accounting, sports management, finance, economics, marketing, and more. Technology, international vision, and modern organizational science, with a liberal arts core to develop critical thinking, prepare students for careers with a great return on investment in a global economy.
In addition, School of Business students often volunteer their time in the local community, including helping the underserved complete their taxes through the yearly TaxAide program.
The School of Business at the Mount is accredited for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).