August 17, 2017

Brockport dean outlines scope of business school

Dr. Joy Bhadury, dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics at the College at Brockport, was the guest speaker at the May 16 luncheon of the RHBA at D’Mangu restaurant.

“Please call me Joy,” he immediately told the group after being introduced. Bhadury came to the college nearly a year ago from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Bhadury talked about the business school using the letters M, C, A, R and G.

M is for medium. The college is medium size with 1500 students and 26 full-time faculty.

C is for comprehensive. The college offers a wide variety of business classes. “Whatever your business needs are, there is a good chance we will be able to satisfy them,” referring to Brockport graduates being available to fill jobs at local businesses.

A is for accredited by AACSB International. That stands for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools. The College at Brockport is the only public business school in the Rochester area with that accreditation.

R is for regional. “We are very proudly regional,” Bhadury said. The business school has about 10,000 alumni in its 44 years of existence and about half of them live within driving distance of Rochester. Providing students with access to college is important to Bhadury; he noted that a large percentage of students receive Pell grants as financial aid. He is also proud of the college’s 90 percent placement rate. “We are one of the quiet economic developers of the region.”

G is for growing. Bhadury told the group that enrollment will take a quantum leap when the school is approved to offer an MBA program in the fall 2018. It will be the only AACSB-accredited MBA program at a public university in the Rochester area. The program will be aimed at working professionals, and it will be online with face-to-face networking.

Bhadury told the RHBA that he was there to discuss partnerships. One way to partner is to look at the college as a producer of human capital for jobs and internships (the college will pre-screen interns for employers). Businesses can also work with classes to partner on projects, where students tackle a problem or a need of a company and come up with solutions.

Accompanying Bhadury to the luncheon was Jan Pisanczyn, director of the Brockport Small Business Development Center. The SBDC has six locations in the area. Pisanczyn talked about the services the SBDC offers, including advising entrepreneurs who are writing a business plan.