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Fall 2013 News
September 30, 2013: The Citadel adds new leadership to Mentor program
The Citadel School of Business Mentor Association, now in its 13th year, will create innovative programs and give students more opportunities to connect with local business professionals.
Patrick J. Manna, a visiting professor, and former business owner in Chicago, who teaches entrepreneurship, has agreed to serve as chairman of the association.
The goal of the Mentor Association is to match Citadel cadets, MBA students and evening undergraduate students (mentees) with business professionals (mentors) in the Charleston area. The mentor serves as a coach, counselor and sounding board for the student as he or she progresses through the School of Business.
"We are not here to get the mentees a job," said Mr. Manna. "It is the mission of the Mentor Association to give students one or more trusted advisors who can assist them in the job search process so that they eventually land their preferred position."
In a new development this year, the Mentor Association will match mentors and students based on the professional pathway students choose as specialties within the School of Business. Those pathways include marketing and professional selling, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and accounting and financial services.
Undergraduate students first become involved with the Mentor Association during their sophomore year, when students connect with a number of mentors who work in various professional fields. Later, during the junior year, mentees are exposed to only a few mentors, specifically those who work in the student’s field of interest. Finally, during senior year, the students become more focused still, communicating with only one or two mentors on a regular basis.
About Pat Manna
Manna became chairman of the Mentor Association in mid-August. He is an active businessman and has excelled as an entrepreneur for more than 30 years. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in New York City. Presently, Manna serves as a member of The Citadel School of Business’s Advisory Board. He was the 2010 Grinalds Leader in Residence, and was elected by the cadet student body as the Undergraduate Day Professor of the Year for 2013.
Summer 2013 News
July 1, 2013: School of Business welcomes new dean, William "Bill" Trumbull
William "Bill" Trumbull became the new Dean for The Citadel School of Business and Robert A. Jolley Chair on July 1, 2013. Dean Trumbull comes to The Citadel from West Virginia University where he had been a faculty member since 1983. During his tenure at West Virginia University, he served as chairperson of the Department of Economics, director of the Division of Economics and Finance, and as interim dean of the College of Business and Economics. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Miami and his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina. This past fall he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pecs in Hungary.
Dean Trumbull succeeds Ron Green who served as dean of the business school from 2007 - 2013. A strong proponent of international education at his prior position at West Virginia University, Dr. Trumbull has led study abroad programs to China, Cuba and Europe. He chaired the Steering Committee for WVU's Office of International Programs. A professor of economics, Trumbull has taught at WVU as well as North Carolina State University. He specializes in economics of crime, transition economies, and economic evaluation, including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, with current interest in entrepreneurship in transition countries.