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Highlights from the Past Six Years at Smeal

Life at the Smeal College of Business has evolved in countless ways since 2006. This timeline captures just some of the milestones and events from the past six years.
June 27, 2012

Life at the Smeal College of Business has evolved in countless ways since 2006. The timeline below captures just some of the milestones and events from the past six years.

July 2006: James B. Thomas takes over as Smeal College of Business dean.

December 2006: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research division of The Economist magazine, names Penn State Executive Programs as the top provider of customized executive education programs in the world.

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January 2007: Leadership in Focus: Executive Insights, the college’s signature speaker series, kicks off with Joseph Amado of Philip Morris USA. The program continues to connect high-profile business leaders to students, faculty, and administrators at Smeal.

June 2007: Smeal and Penn State World Campus launch an online degree program in supply chain management, which emphasizes the problem solving and leadership skills critical to integrated supply chain planning and execution.

October 2007: The Princeton Review ranks Smeal No. 1 on its list of “Best Campus Facilities.” The annual review also includes the college on the “Best Professors” list.

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January 2008: Smeal establishes a new research center: the Center for Sports Business and Research.

March 2008: CNBC’s hit investing show, “Mad Money,” films a live episode on Penn State’s University Park campus in front of hundreds of raucous Smeal students.

May 2008: The college’s Real Estate faculty ranks as the fourth most-published globally, with Brent Ambrose among the ten most-productive real estate academics worldwide.

September 2008: Smeal unveils its 2008-2013 strategic plan, which demands renewed commitment to providing extraordinary education, creating research with impact, building a dialogue with society, and fostering a community with distinction.

October 2008: Dean Thomas visits India to meet with leaders in government, business, and education and to explore partnerships between Smeal and Indian universities.

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February 2009: Smeal forms a Sustainability Council to foster collaboration across the college on sustainability-related research and education.

February 2009: Twenty-seven Smeal MBA students travel to Nebraska to spend the day with Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway. The trip is part of Buffet’s regular outreach to students from the country’s leading MBA programs.

July 2009: Smeal Management faculty ranks No. 1 in research productivity according to a joint report from Texas A&M and the University of Florida.

November 2009: The Executive MBA Program at Smeal ranks among the top 50 programs worldwide according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The program is one of only two Philadelphia-based EMBA programs to be included in the magazine’s top 50.

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April 2010: John and Elizabeth Surma commit $5 million to endow the Elizabeth L. and John P. Surma Jr. Dean’s Chair in Smeal. The endowment provides Dean Thomas and future leaders of the college with funds to benefit students by creating new scholarships, fellowships, and other education opportunities.

April 2010: Donald Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, is named an Evan Pugh Professor, the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty.

September 2010: Penn State is the No. 1 school in the country among recruiters from leading companies, nonprofits and government agencies, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

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March 2011: Smeal ranks No. 1 among all undergraduate business programs, according to recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek.

June 2011: Smeal ranks No. 1 in undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management in the country, according to a report from Gartner.

July 2011: Smeal launches a new undergraduate major in Risk Management with three concentration options: Actuarial Science, Enterprise Risk Management, and Real Estate. The restructuring allows the college’s faculty to better meet the needs of current and future students who are interested in risk analysis in a variety of disciplines.

August 2011: The Smeal MBA Program ranks No. 10 among publicly supported business schools according to Forbes magazine.

October 2011: Smeal begins accepting applications for a new one-year Master of Accounting Program (MAcc), the follow-up to a five-year Integrated MAcc Program for Smeal students interested in earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting.

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March 2012: Recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek rank Smeal No. 1 for the second year in a row.

April 2012: Following a national search, Charles H. Whiteman is announced as the Elizabeth L. and John P. Surma Jr. Dean of Smeal, with plans to assume his post in July.

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