Society for Advancement of Management Meets with the Department of Education

Washington, DC, December 6. Dr. Ronald D. McNeil, a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM), reported that three SAM directors met today with representatives of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Post-Secondary Education to discuss a range of issues of interest to college and university business schools and their students. “The SAM Directors were delighted to meet with the Department of Education,” Dr. McNeil said. “We look forward to ongoing contacts.”

SAM was represented by Dr. Ronald D. McNeil, Dean and PNC Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois-Springfield; Dr. Susan A. Elkins, Chancellor, University of South Carolina Palmetto College; and Dr. James R. Calvin, Professor, Management and Organization, The Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

“Today’s meeting was quite constructive,” Dr. Elkins said. “SAM looks forward to building contacts with the Department. SAM and its members have the potential to offer valuable insights to the Department of Education in areas of interest to business colleges and their students, which will, in turn, benefit them and general public. Certainly, student members of SAM represent tomorrow’s entrants into the business community and its future leaders.”

Dr. Calvin added, “A high level exchange of ideas is always helpful.”

SAM is a national and international 501(c)(3) education and professional association founded in 1912, with offices located at the College of Business & Management, University of Illinois, Springfield. SAM’s members are deans of business colleges and schools, business school faculty, business practitioners, and business school students pursuing four-year or advanced degrees in business and related areas. It has local chapters at 70 U.S. colleges and universities. SAM publishes the SAM Advanced Management Journal, and also hosts an annual conference at which professors, students and practitioners present scholarly research papers and student teams from member schools participate in a business case competition.

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Prof. James R. Calvin, Supervisory Program Specialist Annmarie Weisman, Deputy Assist. Secretary Lynn B. Mahaffie, Michael A. Williams, Esq., Chancellor Susan A. Elkins, and Dean Ronald D. McNeil (shown L to R).