John Elliott


Commencement Speaker Rich Vogel: Pandemic Created Unprecedented Opportunity for Class of 2022

Areesha Khan '22, left and Sahar Sajjad '22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Areesha Khan ’22, left and Sahar Sajjad ’22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Richard Vogel ’87, a marketing expert and an adviser and champion for startup businesses, recalled feeling proud, but also uneasy about his future, when he attended his UConn graduation 35 years ago.

“Don’t ever let that feeling stop you from going boldly into your work. Instead, use fear and anxiety as a motivator and source of focus,” he told 800 enthusiastic undergraduates, their families, and friends at Saturday’s School of Business Commencement ceremony in Gampel Pavilion.Continue Reading



Newly Re-Named ‘Department of Management and Entrepreneurship’ Reflects Growing Excitement About Innovation

Student Jack Tarca, pictured above, was able to accelerate the growth of his company through UConn's entrepreneurial support. (Contributed photo)
Student Jack Tarca, pictured above, was able to accelerate the growth of his company through UConn’s entrepreneurial support. (Contributed photo)

Student Jack Tarca may never have created his business, Find the Good Brand clothing company, if it weren’t for the entrepreneurship guidance he received at UConn.

“UConn gave me the confidence to start my own venture and build my clothing brand into a meaningful and impactful business,” said Tarca, a senior majoring in management. “The curriculum has allowed me to see a sustainable future with my business, allowing me to pursue this as a career.”Continue Reading


UConn’s MSA Program Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

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A relentless commitment to continuous improvement is one factor that contributed to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program’s Top 10 ranking by U.S. News and World Report.Continue Reading


Top Financial Experts Identify Risks, Opportunities During Well-Attended SPAC Conference

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With Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) exploding in growth and professional intrigue, the School of Business offered a financial conference to explore the business model, its advantages, and challenges.

Some 275 people participated in the UConn SPAC Conference, believed to be the first university-sponsored conference of its kind in the nation.Continue Reading


Strong Backgrounds, Proven Scholarship Are Hallmarks of School’s New Faculty Members

New faculty members include (left to right): Rachel Chambers, Xiang Zheng, Sami Ghaddar, Mary Vernon, and James Warren (Contributed photos)

The incoming cohort of new business faculty includes a consultant on human rights for the United Nations, an award-winning researcher focused on fintech, two enthusiastic accounting experts, and a management professor who researches corporate governance, innovation and performance.Continue Reading


Prestigious AACSB International Re-Accredits School of Business, Accounting Program

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The prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), considered by many to be the ‘gold standard’ of accrediting organizations, has re-accredited the School of Business and, separately, its Accounting program.Continue Reading


Deloitte Foundation Funding Helps UConn Attract, Retain High-Performing Accounting Educators

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The Deloitte Foundation, together with a team of passionate Deloitte alumni, has donated $1 million to help attract and retain high-performing educators within UConn’s prestigious accounting program.Continue Reading


Santander Bank Supports Initiatives to Benefit Minority Students, Minority-Owned Businesses

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Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities program (“Santander”), has awarded a $100,000 grant to the UConn Foundation, to support initiatives that will benefit both minority business students and minority-owned small businesses.

The grant marks a new relationship between UConn and Santander, one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks.Continue Reading


Resilience, Compassion, Grace Are Hallmarks of the Class of 2021

John Elliott, dean of business, speaks during the Commencement ceremony for Business, Education, and Social Work undergraduates at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on May 11, 2021. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Class of 2021 has what it takes to succeed in business and in life, including resilience, perseverance, grit, agility, grace, compassion, and a willingness to cooperate.Continue Reading