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Summer 2015

e Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of

Governors approved Kutztown University’s request for its rst

doctoral program in March. KU will o er a joint Doctor of Social

Work (DSW) degree with Millersville University. It is one of

only two DSW programs o ered in Pennsylvania.

e program, which will take three years to complete, will

begin in fall 2015 with a cohort of 12 students.

Candidates will pursue their passion for social justice through

enhanced leadership and the transformative opportunity to

explore and develop themselves as a scholar and practitioner.

e DSW is focused on preparing leaders and educators for

career advancement in agencies, government and higher education.

Social Work practitioners with an MSW will be prepared to

take on the challenges the industry will face in practice and in

preparing future experts in the eld.


For more information contact Dr. Janice Gasker at 610-683-4291 or email




e Kutztown University College of

Business was accredited by the Asso-

ciation to Advance Collegiate Schools

of Business (AACSB) International

in May.

KU began the accreditation process almost ten years ago

and completed the extensive review last year. A committee

visited Kutztown in March and accreditation was approved

during the AACSB conference. AACSB accreditation is

considered the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Less than ve percent of all schools in the world are accred-

ited by AACSB.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving global

accrediting body for the business schools that o er bachelor,

master and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

“ is is largely the faculty who can be credited with this

accomplishment,” said Dr. William Dempsey, then dean of the

College of Business who retired May 29. “From the univer-

sity’s standpoint, we know that some students will only attend

schools with AACSB accreditation and some employers will

only recruit from schools with accreditation.”

“AACSB is the premiere accrediting organization in the

world for schools of business,” said Dr. Eileen Hogan, profes-

sor of management at KU. “For faculty, those of us who are

here are very proud of our accomplishment.”

“Kutztown University provides a quality education,” said

Katherine Irace, a 2015 business management graduate from

Allenwood, N.J. “Students will be challenged in the classroom,

there will be more job prospects, and students can tell employ-

ers they graduated from an AACSB accredited institution.”



Dr. Martha M. Geaney

has been appointed dean

of the College of Business

at Kutztown University.

She replaces Dr. William

Dempseywho retiredMay 29.

Geaney has been the

associate dean of the Col-

lege of Business at Kutz-

town since August, 2013.

She holds a doctorate in

interdisciplinary studies

with a specialization in

business administration

from the Union Institute

and University, Cincinnati. She holds both bachelor’s and

master’s degrees in English fromWilliam Paterson University,

Wayne, N.J.

Prior to coming to Kutztown, Geaney was the associate

dean of graduate business programs at Felician College,

Rutherford, N.J. ere she launched the only student chapter

of the International Association of Women MBAs in the state.

Geaney has more than 20 years of experience in manage-

ment consulting. She is the author of

Bring Your Spirit to

Work: One Woman at a Time

(Nolan Publishing, 2010).

At Kutztown, Geaney led a team that gained the school

accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate

Schools of Business. She also developed and launched three

new minors: entrepreneurship, business and supply chain

management and logistics.

Dr. Martha M. Geaney