The last year brought challenges unlike any that I have seen in my 40-year career, but it also revealed opportunities for the Smeal community to shine. As I reflect on all that transpired in 2020-21, I am reminded of just how fortunate I am to be surrounded by bright and ambitious students, outstanding educators, talented staff, and an alumni network that is second to none.
When Penn State shifted to a fully remote environment at the onset of the pandemic, I was confident that we had the people and resources to do so successfully. Even so, I am reminded of just how important it is to have strong leadership in place before a crisis.
In 2017, Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors member Richard Bard and his wife, Pam, invited board members to their Colorado home for a strategic discussion about who we are and what we aspire to be as a business school. We had great discussions, but if you have ever engaged in such an activity, you’ll probably agree that it can be difficult to put into words what sits at the core of oneself or one’s organization.