Stillman leadership program celebrates formal dedication

The Stillman School of Business Leadership program—the Gerald P. Buccino ‘63 Center for Leadership Development—becomes official on Oct. 8.

The dedication ceremony come after Gerald P. Buccino, a graduate of Seton Hall and creator of a company that specializes in turnaround management, announced his donation of $1 million to the Program. Buccino, currently a member of the Board of Regents for the program, also provides a scholarship each year to a program student.

The Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development Program is an honors program within the Stillman School of Business. It is a selective program; Prospective students must complete an interview and application process.

Francis Ahmed, program assistant, said networking is important within the program as well as with corporations across the globe. “The program has many successful alumni in their network, as well as established executives as a part of the council and mentors,” Ahmed said.

The program also provides students with non-credit courses that offer leadership skills and background. Students are invited to exclusive events with CEOs, CFOs, the University president, and other prominent individuals.

Freshmen students in the program are responsible for “organizing, allocating funds, and the… planning process for hosting a Leadership event,” Ahmed said. These events not only teach students important business skills— they also bring the program together. Ahmed said, “It makes the freshman class closer.”

When sophomore year arrives, students shift their focus to group mentoring sessions with both their peers and executives.

Junior year mentoring begins once students reaches their third year in the program. “All year long they research a topic…with their assigned mentor and present their results at the end of the academic
year to a panel to be assessed for their learning, growth, and presentation skills,” Ahmed said.

To finish off their academic careers, students in their senior year participate in crisis management courses. These classes instruct students on how to adjust to a variety of problems that could arise in the business world.

In addition to these highlights, program students are presented with the opportunity to study abroad each summer. When abroad, students are expected to participate in a number of business meetings, thus preparing them for future career moments abroad.

The program prides itself on preparing its students for the real world. Ahmed said, “there is a difference between what you learn in the classroom and what you experience upon entering the workforce.”

Kyle Packnick, a senior, is grateful for everything the program has provided.

“Leadership has challenged me to be the best that I can be in every aspect of my life,” he said. “I would not have had the confidence or motivation to network and apply for internships as much as I did as a freshman if I didn’t have Leadership pushing me to do so…I know it will carry me far in my professional career.”

Megan O’ Malley can be reached at megan.omalley@student.shu. edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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