March 2021
Vol. VII Issue 3
Welcome to the Rohrer Review!

Congratulations Dean Lehrman

The Rohrer College of Business (RCB) is pleased to announce Dean Sue Lehrman's election to serve on the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Board of Directors, filling a 3-year term starting in July 2021. AACSB is considered the gold standard of business school accrediting bodies worldwide.

Dean Lehrman has served in multiple AACSB leadership roles, including the 2018-20 16-member Business Accreditation Taskforce, charged with reconceptualizing and significantly revamping AACSB's business accreditation standards. These efforts resulted in the recently approved 2020 AACSB Accreditation Standards. Additional service to AACSB included membership on the Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2015 and current membership on its Business Accreditation Policy Committee. 

Dean Lehrman is a frequent AACSB peer-review team member who gives her time to review other schools going through the five-year reaccreditation process. 

According to Dean Lehrman, "It's an honor to work with quality AACSB schools as a peer-review team member. I always walk away with fresh, new ideas for the RCB, and it's a pleasure to get to know other deans on the team and from the schools that are being evaluated."
Retired Virtua Health CEO becomes Executive-in-Residence

“It takes a team.”

If there’s one lesson that Rich Miller would distill of the many he learned in a long and celebrated career, one that culminated as president and CEO of Virtua Health, it is that.

Miller this semester began a new tenure, as executive-in-residence with the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership within the RCB.

“I want to help young people understand what it means to be a leader in an organization,” said Miller, who led Virtua from 1995 until his retirement in 2017.
Entrepreneurial art major Jess Hedum held first gallery show in October.
Embracing Entrepreneurship: Faculty and students apply business mindset to reach personal, professional goals

From Art to Engineering and from Music to Medicine, Rowan University faculty and students are adopting an entrepreneurial mindset to achieve goals both inside the classroom and long after students complete their degree.

Following a tone set by President Ali Houshmand, faculty and students say that mindset enables them to be more present and active in chasing and achieving goals, whatever they may be.

Dr. Eric Liguori, Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and director of the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE) in the Rohrer College of Business, said by developing an entrepreneurial mindset, students embrace a creative, goal-driven approach to success, however they define it.
Olivia Barkey develops her career skills in a full-time human resources internship in Colorado.
Student rides out pandemic in Colorado internship

Human resources major Olivia Barkey ’21, is capitalizing on career-building opportunities amidst the challenges of COVID-19.

With a full slate of online courses for Fall 2020, the human resources management major expanded her search for internships beyond the local area.

“All of my courses were fully online with no meeting times, so I wanted to take advantage of my time and make the most of it,” Barkey said. “After visiting Colorado during the summer of 2019, I fell in love with the state and knew that I wanted to go back. Being home for so long during the quarantine period inspired me to take the leap and the job.”
RCB’s program led Colin Cox to pursue a career combining his interests in the military and finance. 
RCB shifts career goals for military mechanic

When Colin Cox ’19, M’20, arrived at RCB, his career plans were set. He had enlisted in the United States Army National Guard as a high school student and trained as a helicopter mechanic. He enrolled in college classes to fulfill a promise to his parents, but his eyes were fixed on a future as a military crew chief.

Little did he know how RCB would transform his goals.

Based on his personal interests, he majored in finance.

“My plan was that this would be a life skill to have and I would go on to have a career in the military. The degree would allow me to attend flight school and guide my career path,” said the Sicklerville resident.
RCB professor offers tips for crisis management education

Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has impacted nearly every corner of our world. With its unprecedented challenges, it is providing important lessons for business school students, who will need to lead during future crises.
Throughout his career, Dr. Robert Fleming, professor of management, has urged business professors to teach their students about managing the inevitable crises they will face during their careers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique, all-encompassing challenges to crisis management. Fleming welcomed the opportunity to share his insights once again through AACSB, having previously contributed articles including “Preparing Business School Graduates to Manage Successfully in Times of Crisis” (2016) and “Teaching Business Students to Lead through Organizational Crises” (2018). His motivation to author a recent pandemic-related article was “based on learning about how these previous articles had served as a catalyst as faculty members at other institutions embraced and incorporated this mission-critical topic in their courses.”
Fleming discussed ways that educators can learn more about crisis management so they can equip their students for the future in his article “Preparing for Post-Pandemic Instruction,” which appeared in BizEd in April 2020. It is being reprinted with Fleming’s permission.
Freshman Paige Bathurst capitalized on the Rohrer Professional Development Center’s new certification program during her winter break.
Students build credentials through innovative program

Eager to make the most of her RCB career from the start, freshman Paige Bathurst, a supply chain and logistics major from Mantua Township, jumped into the experience with both feet.

During winter break, she signed up for the new career readiness certification offered by the Rohrer Center for Professional Development (RCPD).

“I felt that it would be a great way to start boosting my career development skills as a freshman and find ways to seek out internships and full-time positions once the time comes,” she said.

The three-week virtual boot camp was a fast-track version of the initial summer 2020 RCPD certification program. Students took part in a career tools workshop, etiquette/netiquette workshop, one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter updates, LinkedIn profile updates, online professional certifications, mock interviews and informational interviews with industry professionals.
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