The Management Education Initiative
David Paul Rapp-Kirshner ’15 and Professor Tammy Bunn Hiller
A dynamic School of Management to change the future
For more than 100 years, Bucknell has prepared graduates for careers in business and management. Bucknellians have founded new ventures, turned around ailing companies, created nationally known brands and risen to key leadership roles in organizations around the world. Today, the School of Management, formally established in 2008, stands poised to enhance further Bucknell’s structure as an educator of tomorrow’s business leaders. At the heart of the vision is the integration of management and liberal arts education.
Our management curriculum features four interdisciplinary majors, each designed both to prepare students professionally and to encourage them to explore their interests across disciplinary boundaries. Working on real-world projects, our students confront firsthand management and entrepreneurial challenges and apply the insights gained from their broad education.
The School of Management is now at a pivotal moment and is poised to take steps to make far-reaching innovations in management education a reality.
Opportunities in the Management Education Initiative
Endowed signature management programs
Endowing our three hallmark hands-on programs will ensure that management education at Bucknell continues to set the standard in experiential education for undergraduates and draw employers to our graduates as never before.
- Mgmt 101
- Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM)
- Student-Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)
New experiential courses
Our new management curriculum offers students deep understanding and competence in accounting and financial management, global management, markets, innovation and design, and managing for sustainability.
An endowment and other support will give this bold and impact-oriented curriculum the power to fund course development, experiential programs such as the global manager program and new facilities such as a design-realization studio.
More management courses for non-majors
Twenty percent of non-major graduates take at least one management course, and some take four or five. Clearly, many of our traditional liberal arts majors also want a management education.
With endowment and other funding, we can make it possible for more non-majors than ever before to take management courses – and capitalize on this rare combination in a liberal arts setting. This funding would support the hiring of talented new faculty, additional multidisciplinary minors, and advanced programs that partner with other initiatives seeking to enhance the leadership skills of all Bucknell graduates.