Smeal MBA Program Welcomes New Student Services Director Erik Orient
The Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program welcomes Erik Orient as the new student services director.
Orient will coordinate the development and implementation of student services and programs for resident MBA students, as well as provide academic advising and counseling to MBA students and student organizations.
“My main goal is to come to understand the students’ experience and, through broad connections across the college and the University, continue to make that experience more rewarding.”
Orient comes to the position from a military background, having served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. His last post was working with the Penn State Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) students in a similar capacity to his new role at Smeal.
“My main goal is to come to understand the students’ experience and, through broad connections across the college and the University, continue to make that experience more rewarding,” said Orient.
By getting to know each student—beyond just their academic concentration and career goals—Orient hopes to get a sense of what’s truly valuable to the MBA student body. With that understanding, he can help them fashion their MBA experience into one that is both personally rewarding to them and also results in meeting their professional goals.
“I believe students will have a great experience here if they feel like they are actively involved in their development,” he said.
Some initiatives Orient would like to undertake in his first few years include strengthening the service component of the MBA Program and further engaging the alumni advisory board.
Orient earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State in 1999 and a master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma University in 2004.
About the Penn State Smeal MBA Program
The internationally ranked residential MBA Program of the Smeal College of Business is focused on positioning students for their future careers. The two-year program begins with a focus on business fundamentals. Through a summer internship and elective courses, students then personalize their Smeal MBA experience to align with their career aspirations.