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School of Management Dean Upinder Dhillon speaks at the school's Inaugural Fundraising Gala at the New York Athletic Club on March 10.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
SOM looks toward the future in the heart of Manhattan
March 16, 2016Tweet
For the first time, one of Binghamton University’s academic colleges brought together its most esteemed partners to celebrate its accomplishments and reinforce its vision. The School of Management’s Inaugural Fundraising Gala — a landmark event held at the historic New York Athletic Club on March 10 — highlighted the school’s strong network based in New York City and spread across the business world.
“The friends and supporters of SOM and Binghamton University who live and work in the metro area truly are one of the University’s greatest assets — they value what we do and expand our reputation of accomplishments to make Binghamton a stronger campus,” President Harvey Stenger said.
Stenger, who delivered the keynote, highlighted the school’s stake in solving global business agendas.
“A top-flight business school does more than just educate excellent students — it fosters innovative research and scholarship that addresses the real-world problems faced by the industry,” he said. “For this reason, we are celebrating the support of the Dean’s Excellence Fund.”
The SOM Dean’s Excellence Fund Endowment allows the school to provide more merit- and need-based aid to students, attract and retain faculty, and foster academic and professional programming.
“The collective involvement and support from our network of alumni, corporate partners and friends fuels our innovation and accelerates our goal of becoming the premier public business school,” School of Management Dean Upinder Dhillon said. “The school’s highest priority must be met by the necessary resources to achieve and sustain our growth over the years.”
To mark the occasion, Mark Zurack ’78, Gary Meltzer ’85 and Robert Goldstein ’94 each received the University Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the University. The medal recognizes path-breaking achievements and excellence in professional accomplishments, a distinguished commitment to the University, and demonstrated leadership and mentorship of the next generation.
Zurack is a finance and economics professor at the Columbia Business School and an 18-year veteran of Goldman Sachs. He received his bachelor’s degree from SOM and his MBA from Cornell. In 2004, he established the University’s Zurack Trading Room in Academic A, which allows finance students to work with stock technology in real time.
Meltzer is a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global relationship partner and leads its U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Practice and the N.Y. Metro Region Advisory Practice. Meltzer, who received his bachelor’s in accounting, is one of the founders of SOM’s PwC Scholars Program, which provides leadership opportunities to top-performing undergraduate students.
Goldstein is chief operating officer of BlackRock, twice named on Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list and one of the top technology entrepreneurs according to Institutional Investor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harpur College.
Jenna Wolfe ’96 was the evening’s master of ceremonies. Wolfe, who graduated with an English degree from Harpur College, spent eight-and-a-half years as a correspondent and host at NBC’s “Today Show” before launching her personal brand and website, Jennawolfe.com.
The Inaugural Fundraising Gala raised more than $300,000 to support the SOM Dean’s Excellence Fund Endowment.