First PSU Smeal Sustainability Awarded To Gerald Susman

first_img Former Associate Dean Gerald Susman from the Penn State’s Smeal College of Business has been awarded with the inaugural Susman Sustainability Leadership Award.In a statement about the award, Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal, said, “This annual award will recognize and honor achievement in the area of sustainability and there is nobody who has had a bigger impact on our research or our teaching efforts in this area than Gerry. His efforts have created a wonderful legacy here and I am honored to name this award in his honor. When Gerald Susman was Associate Dean of Smeal College of Business, he made a concerted effort to prioritize sustainability and his efforts created an atmosphere of environmental awareness that has continued since his retirement. During his tenure, Susman recognized that many of Smeal’s research faculty were interested in sustainability and he helped found the Smeal Sustainability Council and the Sustainability Advisory Board in order to facilitate collaboration and growth in the area.Five years ago, Smeal birthed a Sustainability Strategic Plan that proposed courses of action for incorporating sustainability into curriculum. This plan even included a required sustainability course for all undergrads, as well as a concentration in the Smeal MBA program.Erik Foley, Smeal’s Director of Sustainability, said that Susman, “… navigated our work from the early days of operational excellence to the current focus on strategy and innovation.” Foley attributes Smeal’s current transition to focusing on environmentally and socially conscious business education to Susman’s legacy.Susman received his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. from UCLA, and then joined Penn State’s faculty in 1969. He took on a variety of roles during his time at Penn State. From 1991-99, he acted as Chair of the Department of Management. Additionally, Dr. Susman has been brought on as a consultant by many organizations, including the U.S. Department of Labor. RelatedSmeal Hosts Sustainability Research WorkshopPenn State University’s Smeal College of Business recently hosted a Sustainability Research Workshop, in which faculty from several different business disciplines had the opportunity to share research on topics related to sustainability. Faculty members from other Penn State colleges also attended, including representatives from the College of Engineering, the College…December 2, 2013In “Featured Region”Smeal Faculty Members Receive PromotionsFour Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty members and four clinical faculty members have received promotions. The promotions are as follows: Tenure-Track Faculty Promotions: Stephen Humphrey has been promoted to professor of management. Humphrey, who directs the Center for Teams and Negotiation, has been a Smeal faculty member since…July 2, 2014In “Featured Home”Penn State Sustainability Efforts Continue with $100,000 GiftPenn State Smeal College of Business alum Robert Davidow and his wife Suzanne Davidow gifted the school with $100,000 to increase the school’s sustainability efforts, yielding the inception of the Davidows Sustainability Fund. “The world is becoming more focused on conserving the environment and Smeal has recognized this trend and integrated…January 15, 2018In “Featured Region” First PSU Smeal Sustainability Awarded To Gerald Susman Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Philadelphia About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz last_img read more