Posts to the blog have been a bit scarce lately. I have been in Texas on an AACSB accreditation visit. Our visit team included a dean from a school in Kansas and a president from a college in Massachusetts. Learning what is going on in other states and at other schools is an intangible benefit of serving on visit teams, plus I get to bring back best practices from the school we visit!
For today’s news I am passing along a nice feature in The Torch, an e-mail newsletter for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle about Tracy Grooms, our new director of banking initiatives in the McColl School:
American Red Cross Tiffany Circle feature about Tracy
Thanks for supporting the American Red Cross, Tracy!
Tracy Grooms, director of banking initiatives at the McColl School, was quoted in a story titled “Smaller Charlotte banks struggle to fill openings, as student grow wary” that appeared in today’s Charlotte Observer.
Tracy was quoted as saying that “… turnover is rising in the banking industry, creating job openings at banks.”
Read the full article at this link:
Charlotte Observer story about talent shortage in banking industry
Way to go, Tracy!
The School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA) is a unique partnership linking the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School system, the Cato School of Education and the McColl School of Business in a program to develop leadership skills in principals and aspiring principals in the school system.
Led by Director Cheryl Pulliam, SELA graduated its first class of leaders last month.
The success of our program is making waves nationally as Cheryl has been invited to the George W. Bush Center in Dallas to participate in an AREL program to highlight the best leadership programs in the country. (AREL = Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.)
Here is a link to the press release (with Cheryl’s picture to boot!):
SELA program gets top billing at AREL conference in Dallas
Way to go, Cheryl, and thanks to Cheryl, Lynn Morton and Linda Christopherson for their leadership in making our SELA program one of the nation’s best!
Dr. Harry (“Chip”) Bowen followed up yesterday’s media splash (see previous blog post) with another hit today.
The Charlotte Observer ran a story about the dip in the unemployment rate in Mecklenburg County and quoted Chip exclusively.
Speaking about the uptick in local restaurant and hotel activity, Chip remarked: “I would say that’s a nice leading indicator of the health of the economy. When people start to go out again and spend money on restaurants, that’s an indicator people are starting to feel a little cushion in their incomes.”
The entire article may be accessed through this link:
Dr. Harry (“Chip”) Bowen, professor of economics and international business in the McColl School of Business, was quoted in today’s Charlotte Observer about the impact of the government shutdown.
Chip said that the political wrangling over financing government operations will reduce the focus on other important agenda items.
Here is a link to the article:
Impact of the government shutdown
Good job, Chip!
Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day for a round of golf at Ballantyne as we hosted the 7th Annual Billy O. Wireman Memorial Golf Tournament.
Over 90 golfers enjoyed sunshine, good food, fellowship, and fresh air in support of scholarships for merit- and need-based graduate students.
A big thank-you to Jamie (Grauel) Yearwood, Phillip Brant (tournament chair), Clay Lewis (MSAA president), and all the volunteers from the McColl School Alumni Association who helped make the tournament a smashing success!
We held a press conference today to introduce our newest finance/banking faculty member, Ms. Tracy Grooms, to the press and to the public. Reporters from The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte Business Journal were on hand to take notes and ask questions. Keep your eyes on tomorrow morning’s newspaper – I think we will be in there!
Mr. Hugh McColl, Jr., was also on hand today, and he spoke briefly about our banking initiative and the demand for graduates with the skills and knowledge that we hope to produce.
Many of you likely know Tracy, as she has served on our board of advisors for many years … and is one of our MBA graduates! She made a terrific impression today – very poised, personable, and polished. Please congratulate her when you see her!
Here is a link to the press release that was distributed to all media after the event:
Announcing Tracy Grooms as leader of McColl Banking Initiative
Hugh McColl, Jr., former chairman and CEO of Bank of America, held a standing-room-only crowd spellbound this evening as he recounted leadership lessons, dished out advice, and candidly answered questions during a presentation in Ketner Auditorium.
Mr. McColl said the first leadership lesson is to build trust with your lieutenants, then delegate authority and responsibility to them to help you carry out your job. Without followers you can’t be a leader, and without a compelling vision you can’t attract followers.
Sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle (ELC), a group of entrepreneurs formed by the McColl School of Business to promote entrepreneurship and fund scholarships for McColl students, the event was the first in a full series of activities for ELC members this fall.
In May we graduated our first class of students from Master of Science in executive coaching (MSEC) program. We are already seeing dividends from one of our graduates!
John Bennett, director of the MSEC, passed along this wonderful news:
“Kristine Hodsdon, 2013 MSEC alum, recently submitted a proposal to present her Capstone project as a poster at the 2013 coaching conference conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Coaching. She called yesterday to let me know (with great delight) that the proposal was accepted.”
Aww-right! Congratulations to Kristine and to John and the fabulous faculty who deliver the MSEC!
According to Mr. McColl, the best investment that any business graduate can make is investing in the education of future business leaders. Check out his personal message and join him in supporting the Excellence Fund by June 30!
Investing in Queens
For more information about the McColl School Excellence Fund or to make a gift, visit www.queens.edu/give or contact Jamie Grauel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.688.2703.
Thanks for your support!