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Looking Back … And Ahead

Bob Wood
Bob Wood

Another academic year is drawing to a close. Graduation is scheduled for May 21 and 22; this year marks the first separate ceremony for graduate students. Before that happens, the second meeting of the Shore Hatchery Board is scheduled for May 9. Also on May 9, ABC’s Shark Tank holds an Open Call in Perdue Hall.

The students arrived in mid-August. That same week, Perdue Farms held their annual meeting in Perdue Hall for the third consecutive year. After Labor Day, our Executive Advisory Council met on campus; the focus of the meeting was the creation of a SWOT Analysis as we moved toward developing a new strategic plan. Also in September, Perdue hosted our second “Meet the Firms” night for accounting, finance and information systems students; the number of firms attending almost doubled from last year’s inaugural event. As the month drew to a close, Perdue Hall hosted the first SU Research Day; Drs. Jonathan Munemo (Economics) and Leonard Arvi (Finance) joined faculty from across campus making research presentations.

In addition to the campus-wide Sea Gull Century, Homecoming and Family Weekend events held in October, Perdue hosted a Maryland CPA (MACPA) Town Hall meeting for accounting professionals. Perdue Hall also hosted the second annual Career Advisory Board Community Leadership Panel and the initial Shore Hatchery Board meeting. The Shore Hatchery is the result of a $1,000,000 gift from the Ratcliffe Foundation; the goal of the Hatchery is to fund entrepreneurs from across the mid-Atlantic. As October drew to a close, John Lauer was featured as our fall Executive Leadership Speaker and Perdue faculty and students celebrated National Business Women’s Week.

In early November, Jack Burbage was recognized as this year’s recipient of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Leadership Award. The annual Shore Fraud Conference once again had record attendance. December opened with our AACSB business reaffirmation visit; we also had our initial separate accounting accreditation visit. Following graduation, we all paused to enjoy a restful(?) holiday season.

As the spring semester began, the case competition team again competed in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition in Montreal; the event featured 24 teams from around the globe. The Perdue Faculty Development Day featured a review of the newly adopted AACSB accreditation standards by Dr. Jerry Trapnell. The spring was also a busy time for the Admissions Office culminating in Scholars Day and Admitted Student Day. For the first time, Perdue Hall hosted the academic sessions at Academic Open Houses. Also, Perdue faculty and students participated in Ethics Week and Professional Development Week activities for the fourth year in a row.

The annual Entrepreneurship Competition was held in early April. Total prize monies for the day-long event exceeded $60,000. The Executive Advisory Council’s spring meeting was held in conjunction with the event; the meeting featured a series of student seminars hosted by EAC members. Most recently, Salisbury University broke ground on a new Academic Commons that will be located on the former site of Caruthers Hall. Speaking of Caruthers Hall (our most recent former home), the demolition project is almost complete – it’s different being able to see Route 13 from Red Square.

All and all, another busy and productive year at Perdue. I want to reiterate my appreciation for the faculty, staff and students who made it happen. Have a great summer.

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