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Timeline: 2010-2011

Explore the 12 months that began in September 2010 and ended in August 2011. The college hosted signature events, welcomed top executive speakers, won accolades, was ranked No. 1 in multiple areas, and more.

Below are just a few of the highlights from last year at the Penn State Smeal College of Business. It was a year full of increasing momentum for the college. In the year ahead, we hope you will help to further strengthen the Smeal brand--your brand--by staying informed, spreading the word, and getting involved.

September 2010

  • Penn State ranks No. 1 in the nation among recruiters from leading companies, nonprofits, and government agencies according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
  • Smeal and American Express co-host a New York City summit to promote business ethics in academia and corporate America.
  • Strategy development work with Auntie Anne’s, Inc. earns Penn State Executive Programs at Smeal a Gold Award for Academic Partnerships from Chief Learning Officer magazine.


  • Smeal and its Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship welcome more than 250 attendees from a dozen countries in the largest international gathering for university entrepreneurship.


  • A team of undergraduates finishes second at the Cornell Real Estate Case Competition in Manhattan.


  • The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology honors a paper by Associate Professor of Management Glen Kreiner as the best of the year.

January 2011

  • Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems, begins his term as president-elect of INFORMS, the world’s largest society for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and business analytics.
  • Vernis Welmon, associate dean of diversity and community at Smeal, receives the 2011 Humanitarian Service Award from the Forum on Black Affairs at Penn State.
  • The largest actuarial professional organization in the world recognizes Penn State as a Center of Actuarial Excellence.


  • A team of undergraduates finishes second out of nearly 30 business school teams at the Marshall International Case Competition in Los Angeles.


  • Smeal ranks No. 1 among all undergraduate business programs according to recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Professor of Management Science and Supply Chain Management Susan Xu wins an award for the best paper of the year in the journal Production and Operations Management.


  • A $1 million commitment from alumni Joan and David Amble creates the Joan and David Amble Endowment for Leadership, Honor, and Integrity at Smeal.


  • Deloitte Global Chief Executive Officer Barry Salzberg delivers the 2011 commencement address to more than 1,000 new Smeal graduates.


  • Technology research firm Gartner ranks Smeal’s undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management as the best in the country.
  • When adjusted for size, Smeal’s faculty ranks No. 5 globally and second among public institutions for scholarly research output according to data from the University of Texas at Dallas.


  • Smeal announces the creation of a Department of Risk Management with three concentration options for students: actuarial science, enterprise risk management, and real estate.
  • John Liechty, professor of marketing and statistics and director of the Center for the Study of Global Financial Stability, testifies before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.


  • Forbes ranks the Smeal MBA Program among the top 10 public programs in the nation.