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St. Bonaventure officials break ground on Swan Business Center

Mar 23, 2012 |

 Groundbreaking for William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center

On a warm spring afternoon, St. Bonaventure University officials broke ground on the William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center, a new home for the School of Business that’s expected to open in the fall of 2013. 

Ann Swan donated $3 million to the building campaign in honor of her late husband, William E. Swan, ’69, a longtime Western New York business leader and philanthropist, and a dedicated university alumnus and Board of Trustees chair. 

Making note of the “magical run we’ve had at St. Bonaventure the last few weeks” in basketball, Robert Daugherty, ’77, trustee and chair of the building campaign, talked about the coaches (campaign steering committee), team (fundraising staff) and fans (donors) who were critical to fulfilling the dream of the Swan Business Center. 

Daugherty also spoke about inspiration and luck, ingredients often vital in sports. 

“Our inspiration came from a very good friend, John Watson,” Daugherty said, fighting back tears. “He soldiered with me every step of the way on this. Thank you, John.” 

Watson, who spent 35 years at the university, was just weeks from retiring as School of Business dean when he collapsed and died of a heart attack last April while attending a reunion in York, Pa. 

Daugherty said luck came in the form of Ann Swan. 

“She was looking for a meaningful way to honor her husband, so we got very lucky,” he said. “Her contribution gave us life, gave us the wind behind our sails to make this happen.” 

The 26,000-square-foot Swan Business Center will feature a financial services lab with electronic ticker tape, a corporate boardroom, state-of-the-art classrooms, break-out areas, spaces for student collaboration, team building, and faculty research, a dean’s suite, innovative technology uses, and a serious commitment to sustainability. 

“With sustainable design elements and environmentally friendly features, the new building will fully embrace our Franciscan heritage in honoring our environment and will be the most ‘green’ building on the St. Bonaventure campus,” said Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure. 

The center will be built south of Friedsam Library, between Reilly Center and Plassmann Hall, and will create a new quad to promote further development of community within the campus. Project bids were delivered Thursday, and “digging will begin in a couple of weeks,” well ahead of schedule, McGee said. 

“This is just one more in a string of great occasions that’s brought us together to celebrate over the last month,” said Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “What a great day for us.” 

The university is in the midst of a $15 million campaign for the creation of the new building: $10 million for the construction of the business center; $4 million in endowments for faculty and programmatic support; and $1 million in endowment for building sustainability. To date, more than $13 million has been raised. 

St. Bonaventure University is one of the smallest institutions accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction only 5 percent of business schools have achieved worldwide. 

A 1969 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Mr. Swan served as chair, president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group and First Niagara Bank, which he joined in 1987 after 18 years with M&T Bank. He died in 2003. 

Donations to the campaign may be made by visiting or by calling (800) 664-1273.


Effective managers are strong organizers, planners, problem-solvers and motivators who can help a business or organization compete and succeed.

Management is an ideal major for grooming the corporate generalist. It develops decision-makers who are well equipped with a broad knowledge of all areas of business including accounting, business information systems, finance, marketing and economics. Management majors pursue a curriculum that emphasizes courses in these core areas.

They may also choose an emphasis in behavioral management (motivation, conflict, group dynamics) or quantitative management (statistics, models, computer simulations).

Four concentrations are available to management majors:
  • Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
Each concentration requires a major to take 9 credits as management electives. (See Curriculum & Courses page.)

Students may also minor in management. (See Minors in Business.)

Careers in Management

Management majors are well-equipped for career opportunities in a variety of businesses and not-for-profit organizations, such as human resources management, organizational development, production and operations management, sales and retail management; and supervisory positions in many fields including manufacturing, education, government and non-profit entities.

Other job opportunities exist in the areas of international business, purchasing, urban planning, health care administration, and plant management.

Additionally, quantitative and computer-related courses provide a solid foundation for careers in system analysis, business information systems, marketing research, and materials management and planning.

Faculty Research & Honors

    Oct 16, 2017

    Dr. Carol Wittmeyer
    Associate Professor of Management, Management Department, School of Business
    Dr. Carol Wittmeyer was an invited speaker for the Albany Family Business Owners' Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce Schenectady Office. Her talk was titled "Planning for the Unexpected."

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