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Dunlap ’81 Serves as Eberly Executive-in-Residence

Posted on 3/17/2017 8:26:45 AM

On March 7 and 8, 2017, IUP students had the opportunity to hear from Terry Dunlap ’81, retired senior executive and IUP alumnus, to obtain advice regarding various aspects of business. Dunlap was participating in Eberly’s Executive-in-Residence program.

Terry Dunlap '81, Executive-in-Residence with students and facultyDunlap worked for Allegheny Technologies, a specialty metals company based in Pittsburgh, for 31 years. Recently, he has taken a new direction in his career and is working as an independent consultant and investor. Among these achievements, Dunlap continues to be engaged in the world of business and still serves as a member of the board of directors for several different organizations, including IUP’s Foundation Board. 

Recently, Dunlap returned to talk with students on various aspects of leadership and doing business in a global economy. He reviewed the importance of the worldwide supply chain and discussed both the supply and demand side of the equation. Dunlap also focused on ways to prepare for securing a job after graduation with emphasis on the need to engage early. He reviewed the differences in the workplace, comparing the ways that individuals in different generations work. He encouraged students to be flexible and to take these differences into account. Dunlap stressed how fortunate Eberly students were to have daily and online access to the Wall Street Journal and encouraged students to know what was going on in the business world. He also stressed the importance of being proficient in Microsoft Excel, as the program is necessary in many areas of business. He encouraged students to take career risks and to be passionate about their work. Other focuses he had in his seminars were going global and how companies allocate capital to achieve their goals. 

Terry Dunlap '81, Executive-in-Residence, Classroom VisitTerry made presentations to eight different classes, met with several Business Honors students, and held sessions with both the Student Managed Investment Portfolio team and the Agency student group in the Small Business Development Center.  

Student Management Investment Portfolio students had the opportunity to showcase their Excel modeling workbook, which runs parallel to the emphasis that Dunlap put on the programs’ importance. The students’, including Robert Schwartz, junior finance and economics major, goals were to expand their organizations valuation techniques, as well as improve their financial modeling skills. 

“Our presentation spurred some excitement within SMIP, and we are eager to develop it further,” Schwartz commented.

“Mr. Dunlap’s presentation was refreshing in the sense that it was the most realistic and hard-hitting pep-talk I have ever received at IUP. I think many students will benefit from the solid advice he shared, as it will drive us to become better students and growing professionals,” Schwartz said.

Many students learned a lot of valuable information throughout Dunlap’s seminars and were grateful for his time. The Eberly College of Business hosts a number of speakers and business professionals who give their time to benefit the IUP students and share their perspective on how learning in the classroom translates into the real world of business.

Terry Dunlap exemplifies the tagline that “Business starts at IUP.” Seeing an alumnus such as Terry achieve so much in his profession and still be willing to come back to share his experience with prospective business professionals is commendable and inspiring to all students.

In his comments about the EIR program, Dunlap loves spending time with the students. “I really enjoy coming back to IUP to talk with the students. It’s great to hear about what they are accomplishing and to provide some advice that may contribute to their success in both school and in the business world.”

by Jason Adams