Skolnik to lead Oswego's School of Business

Richard SkolnikSUNY Oswego has named Dr. Richard Skolnik as dean of its School of Business. A faculty member at Oswego since 1998, Skolnik was chair of the accounting, finance and law department and director of the master’s in business administration program.

He had served as interim dean since July.

“One of my main areas of focus will be external,” the new dean said. “We will be bringing together local businesses and alumni with students and faculty, and creating an environment of engagement.”

Skolnik, who worked in Malaysia at an earlier job, said he would like to increase diversity and global awareness among business students. A glance around his office gives a sense of his commitment to these goals. A globe sits atop his bookcase and a world atlas is within reach, just under a painting by a Dominican artist who is a friend of his.

In announcing Skolnik’s appointment, SUNY Oswego Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin praised him for his “thoughtful, collaborative leadership style.” As interim dean, she noted, he engaged faculty in accreditation activities, collaborated with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on several projects and built new connections with external groups.

“The dean can be a facilitator to bring people together for good things to happen,” Skolnik said.

“When local industry leaders have an opportunity to meet our students, they can offer them positions,” he explained. “When faculty get together with business people, there can be consulting and exchange of ideas. Alumni and potential donors will be able to hear about what activities are going on here and further potential for development and the creation of partnerships.”

Skolnik said he is excited about reaching across campus to create collaborations. As interim dean, he oversaw the launch of Oswego’s five-year psychology/MBA program, and he would like to see other such programs created that would build upon Oswego’s natural strengths.

The new dean is committed to building a larger awareness for SUNY Oswego outside of the local area, whether internationally or in Central New York. He said he is “very excited” about the Metro Center and the MBA program’s new focus on Syracuse. “It will raise our level of involvement in the fabric of Central New York,” he said.

Skolnik said he has an “enthusiasm for possibilities” and hopes to be a positive element in moving the institution forward. “I believe in Oswego’s vision,” he said. “I have confidence in the direction that SUNY Oswego is going.”

A native of Michigan, Skolnik earned his doctorate in managerial economics and his master’s degree in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a chartered financial analyst and has published articles on investments, higher education pedagogy and financial economics.

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(Posted: Jan 23, 2008)