Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Message From Former Dean Salvatore F. Sodano


It is with mixed emotions that I leave my position as dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and become senior executive adviser to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. I am excited to engage in campus-wide initiatives that will contribute to the continued success of Hofstra University. At the same time, my more than four years as dean have been truly rewarding. I witnessed the Zarb School, my alma mater, solidify its reputation, strengthen its curriculum, introduce more rigorous programs, and cultivate lasting relationships with students and alumni. The success that the Zarb School has achieved over the past four years is clearly evident to everyone. The caliber of the Zarb School has been formally recognized in rankings by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. In fall 2010 the Zarb School will enroll a third group of highly accomplished students in its full-time M.B.A. program. Our students continue to supplement their course work by actively engaging in more than 30 Zarb-sponsored student organizations, participating in many internships, excelling at national competitions, and interacting with the numerous high-profile business executives that visit our campus every semester. Our alumni are now united as the Zarb Alumni Association, a group of dedicated individuals who strive to increase networking opportunities for students and alumni and have provided generous financial support. I am very grateful to the faculty, administrators, alumni, and students who have contributed to these efforts, and I look forward to working with all of you to achieve even greater success at the Zarb School.

I leave the Zarb School under the able stewardship of Dr. Patrick Socci, who assumed the position of dean on July 1. Dr. Socci is a highly accomplished university administrator and business professional. He served as associate dean and visiting associate professor of information systems in the College of Business Administration at  Fordham University. His professional experience includes serving as senior vice president of engineering at ADC Telecommunications and vice president of network operations support systems at AT&T. I am confident that Dr. Socci’s enthusiasm and vision will lead the Zarb School to even greater levels of success.

Once again, this newsletter is filled with events and achievements that highlight the vibrancy of the Zarb School. For the second consecutive year, a team of marketing undergraduate students placed third at the American Marketing Association national case study competition held in New Orleans. In addition, the Hofstra student chapter of the American Marketing Association received an outstanding chapter commendation, ranking the group in the top 20 of 190 chapters. After a successful inaugural year, the Capital One Campus Entrepreneurial Challenge, a program that teams up Zarb undergraduate students and students from Uniondale High School, will continue in September as new students are given the opportunity to test their entrepreneurial skills as they design and run their own businesses. Andrew Corrado (M.B.A. ‘92), senior vice president and market manager, Long Island Private Banking Group, Capital One, has been elected the new president of the Zarb Alumni Association. We thank Ed Watson (M.B.A. ’89) for his dedicated leadership of the association over the past two years.

I wish all a wonderful summer.


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