In working her way up from entry-level accountant to international financial advisor and business partner, MarySue French says she has always kept in mind the solid advice her UB School of Management professors gave her.
"The faculty really take a personal interest in the students," she says. "They let me know that ethics were very important and that I could come to them to ask questions, even after I graduated." She adds, "I think the faculty went the extra step to make me feel that I had something to contribute."
French's contributions to the business world have included serving in roles ranging from accountant to the assistant controller at Union Carbide in Niagara Falls, to controllerships at Rich Products, ConAgra and B.F. Goodrich, to her position as business unit controller at STERIS Corporation, a leading manufacturer of sterilization, decontamination and surgical support technologies, where she was responsible for the Asia Pacific and Latin American operations of the Company. French currently serves as controller for the Nippon Paper Group USA, a division of one of the world's largest paper groups.
French is grateful to the School of Management for teaching her business values as well as accounting.
"I credit UB for saying, 'Work hard, keep your nose clean and it will pay off,'" she says. "It did!"
The MarySue French Undergraduate Mezzanine on the second floor of the Alfiero Center is a popular spot for students to study and gather.