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Christy Weer, Ph.D.
Christy Weer, Ph.D.

Welcome to the first Perdue News of the 2015-16 academic year. As I write this, today is the first day of classes, and as I look out my office window, the excitement is obvious. Students are walking to their morning classes, talking to friends surely missed over summer break. Summer break is indeed over, and now it’s time to get moving. I start by introducing our newest faculty member who joins us this fall.

Charles Boster joins us from the University of South Carolina as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies. Charles earned his Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina and will receive his Doctorate in Business Administration with an accounting focus in December 2015. Prior to pursuing advanced degrees, Charles spent more than 10 years in manufacturing, holding various positions in both engineering and management. His research focus rests at the intersection of management accounting and accounting information systems. Given his mix of industry and academic experience, Charles brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom, and we are happy to have him as a member of the Perdue School faculty.

This fall brings a number of opportunities for our students to get engaged with the business community, including Meet the Firms night on Tuesday, September 29, where accounting and information systems students have the opportunity to meet over 30 recruiting employers in one afternoon. In addition, students have an opportunity to engage with our Executive Leadership Series speaker Ron McGann on Thursday, October 22. Ron, an SU alumnus, is vice chairman of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. And, on Thursday, November 12, the Perdue School Career Advisory Board sponsors our annual Community Leadership Panel, which gives students the chance to interact with several local business leaders.

These are just a few highlights of the many opportunities our students have to engage with leaders throughout our community and beyond. The remainder of this edition of the Perdue News highlights additional exciting things that are happening in the Perdue School. Please remember that our doors are always open and that we’d love to have you stop by for a visit to see for yourself all of the exciting things that are happening in the Perdue School of Business.

Here’s to a great fall semester!

– Christy