Welcome to the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. The challenges facing business today are complex and we find ourselves in new surroundings and conditions; in essence, the "ground rules" are changing. Competing priorities such as resource depletion, governmental regulations, community obligations, employee relations and global competition all affect the bottom line. More than ever, a company's success depends on management professionals educated in business from a higher perspective.
As a management professional in the next generation of leadership you will need to integrate a traditional business education within a broader environmental, societal, and ethical context in which today's businesses find themselves. While this added complexity presents some significant challenges, there has never been a more exciting time to be entering your undergraduate business studies or advancing your business acumen at the graduate level.
Historically, American business has demonstrated an unrivalled capacity to innovate and compete, while raising the bar on environment, health and safety practices in business. It is time for business to regain the ethical and intellectual high ground by taking a more responsible approach to business conduct that includes going beyond the legal and regulatory obligations of the firm. The growing body of evidence that socially and environmentally responsible business practices create long term value is compelling. The market will increasingly demand this behavior and reward it. The Palumbo Donahue School of Business is governed by this thinking and these are the principles that frame our academic, research, and community outreach programs.
Your admission to Duquesne means that you will be attending a business school with a national profile at a University that is placed in the first tier by US News and World Report and recognized as a top business program by a number of influential business school rankings. You will be taught by the same professors that have established our undergraduate and MBA programs as national leaders. Your classmates will share your enthusiasm and academic preparation and will be partners in your learning and development. And you will do this in the City of Pittsburgh, America's Most Livable City, and home to a vibrant business community that provides you with unmatched access to internships and jobs, in addition to abundant cultural, sporting and social attractions.
I invite you to learn more about business education from a higher perspective - the Duquesne perspective. Please explore our web site and then come and visit this thriving campus and meet our faculty, students and alumni. I welcome your questions and comments and would like to hear from you.