Gerald P. Buccino Center ranked first in LEAD awards

The Gerald P. Buccino Center for Leadership Development at the Stillman School of Business was ranked number one for the fourth consecutive year in the LEAD awards sponsored by hosts annual awards for prospective institutes who wish to share their accomplishments in Leadership Training and Development by nominating their program.

he Gerald P. Buccino Center for Leadership Development aims to help students grow both professionally and personally.
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Michael Reuter, director of the Buccino Center, was thrilled when he discovered the center had won for its fourth year in a row. He wrote in an email that he felt “honored and humbled” that the center won the award. He enjoys working closely with the students and aiding them in their accomplishments.

“It is a beautiful feeling of accomplishment that our shared vision and purpose continues to be realized and that they inspire, motivate and drive our Center and Seton Hall family to even greater heights of excellence on our leadership journey,” Reuter said.

When asked about the award’s significance, Reuter shared that it is humbling that the Center accomplishes its mission, which is to develop student leaders.

The Buccino Center aims to develop students into successful leaders both professionally and personally, according to Seton Hall’s website.
“Good is not good enough,” Reuter said. “Great is not great enough. There is always something more. The best is yet to come. And it will!”

Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School of Business, expressed her gratitude upon placing first in an email. She thanked Reuter for his selfless efforts while working with students and the Leadership Council, which consists of alumni who return to mentor students in the program.

“Through the work that it does to develop its students, our Buccino Center is perhaps the most prominent manifestation of Stillman’s commitment to its mission goal of ‘transforming concepts into business practice,’” Straswer said. “Sustaining excellence at this level is challenging, and I’m very proud that the Center has earned this honor for a fourth consecutive year!”

Strawser hopes that through winning this award, the Center will continue to attract prospective students into the program, as well returning alums to aid new students.

Michael Cappelluti, a senior marketing major, shared the positive impact that his time within the Center had on him. In fact, five out of the six internships he worked in were obtained thanks to the Buccino Center.

“It’s taught me to keep an open mind, and lead selflessly,” Cappelluti wrote in an email. “There is no leadership without people. If not anything else, the program has taught me to see the best in people and exploit their strengths, no matter what they may be.”

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