The Lerner College is on its way forward with important initiatives to help us accomplish our goals of growing our graduate programs, raising our research profile, and emphasizing experience-driven learning and evidence-based analytics across our programs of study.
Earlier this year in collaboration with Academic Partnerships, we launched an Online MBA, delivered 100 percent by Lerner tenure-track faculty. Growth has also been on the fast track in our Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, which saw revisions to the minor in Entrepreneurial Studies and the addition of an undergraduate major and a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation.
We remain grateful for contributions from generous donors who create opportunities for our students and faculty. Eric Brucker, former Lerner College dean, and his wife Sharon, endowed the Brucker Scholarship in Economics to support an undergraduate student in the subject. Kenneth and Elizabeth Whitney’s support for the Whitney Family Scholarship and the new Whitney Family Endowed Chair in Accounting and professor enabled us to hire distinguished accounting scholar Jennifer R. Joe, an associate professor at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
High-profile initiatives also continue through the Lerner College’s many centers of excellence:
- Over 2,000 students took advantage of our state-of-the-art Trading Center via classes and workshops throughout the year.
- The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship held valuable programs for campus and community members, including the annual Economic Forecast, cosponsored with Lyons Companies, as well as a screening and panel discussion of Overdraft, a nonpartisan documentary on America’s debt crisis.
- Our preeminent Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance continues to garner national recognition – most notably this year, Craig Ferrere, the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Fellow in Corporate Governance and a 2011 UD graduate, was named a “Rising Star in Corporate Governance” for 2013 by the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at the Columbia Law School.
- The Executive Mentor Scholars program has currently paired 72 students with executive mentors who are UD/Lerner College alumni in an effort to advance the students’ knowledge and understanding about business and careers.
The future is bright as we drive to accomplish more by supporting faculty in discovering better management practices, equipping our students with today’s essential skills, and connecting them with management experiences outside the classroom to be best prepared for the challenges they face. I invite you to spread the news, engage with us, and join in our activities as the Lerner College continues moving forward in pursuit of prominence.