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Quinnipiac University’s School of Business is one of five business schools selected by The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to participate in a groundbreaking pilot program aimed at enhancing stategic communication and management education to the nation’s MBA candidates.

The institutions taking part in the pilot include Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business; the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business; Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Business Administration.

“Quinnipiac’s School of business is extremely pleased to have been selected for this unique pilot project and to be teaming with some of the finest business schools in the world on this effort,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the school.  “We are completely committed to the importance of strategic communication and reputation management skills to future global business leaders and their organizations, as well as working with PRSA and the schools selected to ensure a highly successful pilot ptogram.”

At Quinnipiac, this course will be taught by Kathy Fitzpatrick, a professor of public relations in the School of Communications.

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Professor Scott Hamilton featured in Hartford Business Journal.

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A 2009 graduate of the School of Business MBA in Health Care Management and Health Care Compliance Certificate Programs,  Barry Webster has spent the last 3 years since leaving QU working in the Business Office of the VA Connecticut Health Care System.  He has served this year on the School of Business Advisory Board as a member of the Mentoring and Improving Opportunities for Women in Business Sub-Committees.  At the VA he has held positions as Voucher Examiner, Budget Analyst, Chief of Non-VA Care, and Chief of Health Administration. Barry believes the key to his success was to engage in classroom discussions with peers and seek input from leaders in the Connecticut Health Association and American College of Healthcare Executives to ensure that his courses in Quality Management, Auditing and Monitoring, Healthcare Compliance, Health Law, and Ethics found practical application. The impact to the VA was a combination of lean methodology and production line techniques to dramatically reduce expenditures between six to ten million dollars for 3 consecutive years. This was the result of concerted efforts to ensure internal controls were in place, all stakeholders were informed of vulnerabilities to fraud, waste and abuse, and senior managers took accountability for their role in organizational decisions. Barry also coordinated a stream of highly qualified interns and recruiting efforts from area universities to ensure improvements were sustained by succession planning.

He has recently accepted a position as the Compliance and Business Integrity Officer at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. The opportunity to use his Health Care Compliance Certification and be closer to family has lured him to leave Connecticut and our QU family for continued challenges and promotion. We wish Barry, his wife, and new born son continued success in this opportunity.

Barry will step down as a board member on the SOB Advisory Board, but will continue to participate as a Mentor on the Mentoring Sub-Committee. We appreciate his contributions and enthusiasm this year and look forward to his continued influence in Washington, DC and his perpetuation of Quinnipiac University’s reputation for excellence.

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