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Funding Priorities

"We have an incredibly loyal base of alumni, community and corporate partners. If we can align our partners with the right initiatives, we can have a significant impact, not only on our education and research missions, but also on the community as a whole."
– Dean Arjang Assad

Students hard at work in the Clement Cafe on the first floor of the Alfiero CenterThe School of Management has a long, proud history of innovation, linking thought leaders with key decision-makers and industry experts who spark new discoveries and develop best practices. In this new century, we are focused on three areas of special emphasis: leadership, entrepreneurship and health care management. These initiatives are closely aligned with UB 2020, the university’s ambitious plan to transform the campus in size and stature.

Distinguishing these strengths will bring additional visibility and international acclaim to the School of Management, attracting the interest of industry pacesetters, gifted faculty and students and both public and private funders.

Leadership

Advancing research, teaching and outreach in the area of leadership is a key theme in the School of Management. The Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) strives to create more effective leaders and organizations by advancing research and teaching in leadership and its impact on organizational effectiveness. LeaderCORE™ is the innovative and the award-winning leadership certification that spans the entire two years of our MBA program, ensuring that our graduates are “management ready.” Both CLOE and LeaderCORE build upon the school’s ongoing commitment to develop leaders at all levels of an organization and to prepare the next generation of business leaders.

Entrepreneurship

The School of Management helps area entrepreneurs hone their skills through a variety of programs offered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). In addition, the school supports a number of other entrepreneurship initiatives, including UB’s Entrepreneurship Academy and the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, the region’s premier event for students seeking to win start-up funding.

Health Care Management

The School of Management is strategically committed to championing the formulation of a UB-wide strategic focus in health care delivery analytics, decision making and policy. Campus partnerships include joint degree programs in business and health (MD/MBA, DDS/MBA, PharmD/MBA), and increased research ties with the School of Medicine.

While the initiatives above have been designated as funding priorities, many other funding opportunities are available in the School of Management. Support for student scholarships is critical, and virtually every department has unmet needs. Your gift can be designated to the specific area you prefer.

Additionally, the Alfiero Center has 30 named spaces–-more than any building on campus. Prime naming opportunities are still availabe in the Alfiero Center, the Jacobs Management Center and on surrounding grounds and serve as a particularly appropriate way for companies and individuals to be recognized in an enduring fashion.

For a more complete discussion of the needs within each of the three priority areas and other funding opportunities, contact a member of the School of Management Development staff at 716-645-3303.