BSB Mentor Association
Our mission is to make available to cadet juniors and seniors, MBA students, students on active duty, veteran students and those in the evening undergraduate program in the School of Business a mentor whose background and experiences match the mentee's interests, needs and career objectives. The goal is for the mentor and mentee to develop a meaningful relationship so that each feels comfortable in discussing any topic they choose that will better prepare the mentee to deal with today's issues and tomorrow's challenges.
What is the Mentor Association?
Recognizing that education extends far beyond the walls of the classroom and that enrichment opportunities are valuable to students of business, the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business has instituted a mentoring program designed to bring together our students and local business leaders. The Citadel Mentor Association is a group of active and retired top executives from corporate America and entrepreneurial businesses who are located primarily in the Charleston region. These mentors are committed to sharing their experiences with the next generation of business leaders, The Citadel's Corps of Cadets, evening undergraduate business students and MBA students.
The goal of the program is to provide an enriching experience for the students by providing access to individuals who have demonstrated that they have the qualifications to be successful. The benefit of being able to share in an exchange of ideas with executives is of immeasurable long-term value to the students involved. This initiative also provides an opportunity for successful executives to give back to their community and become more involved with The Citadel. These mentors are encouraging students to develop career ideas and to enhance their prospects for successful careers as well as dealing with tomorrow's challenges.
Who participates as a mentor?
The list of mentors who have signed on to the program reads like a veritable who's who of business leadership. Their current and former positions range from executive vice-presidents to chief financial officers and chief operating officers to presidents; from vice-chairs, and chairs of boards of directors and chief executive officers for a wide range of major, global corporations as well as local and regional entrepreneurial companies. Some of the corporations represented by these individuals includes IBM, Xerox, Corning, Armstrong World Industries, Sears, American Cyanamid, Copperweld, W.H. Brady Company, William Bird Company, AT&T, American Airlines, E.I. DuPont de Neumors, Traveler's Corporation, Palmer & Cay, Eastman Kodak, and Piggly Wiggly Carolina. These individuals represent a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge that they want to share with students at The Citadel.
Who participates as a mentee?
The students who have chosen to participate in the program are dedicated and committed to the idea that a mentor-student relationship is a win/win prospect. Students, both undergrads and MBA candidates, active duty and veteran students, and those in our evening undergraduate program have a desire to participate based on either a personal recommendation or by researching and applying to the program providing contact information, a written statement describing their interest in becoming a mentee and submission of a resume. Mentees are then matched with mentors based on common interests and/or an intended career paths. The relationship between the student and the mentor grows and develops naturally.