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Eberly Executives

These Emissaries Are All Business

The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Executive-in-Residence Program brings successful executives to campus for up to a week. They make presentations to selected classes and meet with departmental faculty and student groups.

Tom Costello ’88, president and CEO of UpStreme, a business and technology management consulting firm, was an Eberly Executive-in-Residence last fall. He worked specifically with Management Information Systems students, covering such topics as the Pending IT Bottleneck and Corporate Project Portfolio Management. Michael Parry, left, Shannon Schreiner, and Ryan Easton had a chance to hear his ideas.

Executives often provide insight regarding real-world events, organizational challenges, and career opportunities in specific fields. They are assigned an office suite, where they can provide mentoring support and advice to individual students and groups of students.

Executive-in-Residence Bill Shipley ’75 talked with Danielle Iorio, left, and Melissa Mikeska, right, on the Eberly Trading Floor in November. Shipley is executive director of Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP, in Pittsburgh, having retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, after a thirty-year accounting career.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence assignment is essentially the same as the Executive-in-Residence. The difference, according to Eberly Assistant Dean Cyndy Strittmatter, is that entrepreneurs are individuals who have successfully created new business entities, and their presentations are more focused on business start-up and growth issues.