The Art of Business

November 15, 2016 //
Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat
Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat

Our graduates – some 65,000 men and women – have established successful careers throughout the world. Their jobs, their titles, and their lines of work are distinct and many.

But one criterion tethers them together: Perseverantia Vincit.

The words of Temple University founder Russell Conwell, “Perseverance Conquers,” serve as this university’s motto. They also function as our daily inspiration to push farther, work harder, and outperform even our greatest expectations.

More than two decades ago, James Poyser could not have imagined his remarkable career trajectory as he pursued a finance degree from the Fox School of Business. Today, he appears on national television five times a week as the keyboardist for The Roots, and writes and produces music with some of the industry’s top recording artists.

The same could be said for Stephanie Reitano. She worked seven days a week and refused to take a paycheck in order to accomplish her dream of bringing artisanal-quality gelato to Philadelphia. The result: National Geographic recognizes her Capogiro Gelato as the world’s best ice cream.

The successes of James and Stephanie, and other Fox School alumni from the creative, performing, and culinary arts, can be found within these pages of “Fox Focus.”

The Fox School is rooted in inspirational stories like theirs. Tradition, distinction, and innovation act as the cornerstones of our nearly 100-year history, as our entrepreneurial students pave new roads of discovery.

As we progress closer to 2018, which will mark our centennial as a leader in business education, we will continue to unveil a schedule of events to recognize our storied history, our distinguished alumni, and our remarkable student body. We look forward to celebrating this legacy with you.

And remember: So long as perseverance conquers, our students and alumni will continue marching to the beat of their own drummer.

Regards,

Moshe Porat

M. Moshe Porat, PhD, CPCU
Dean
Laura H. Carnell Professor
Fox School of Business

Photo of Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat
Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat

At the Fox School of Business, our nearly 100-year mission to excel has not wavered. When we invested early in online education, we veered off the traditional path. We identified this as a growing area, one in which we’d need to supply resources to meet the public demand, and we since have soared to great heights.

In January, the Fox Online MBA program earned a No. 1 national ranking and a perfect score from U.S. News & World Report for a second consecutive year. The only difference? In the same ranking, our Online BBA program climbed 25 places to reach No. 6 nationally, a best in the program’s history.

We aren’t only pushing boundaries through our curricula and award-winning faculty. Our alumni are doing the same.

In this edition of Fox Focus, you’ll meet Lori Bush. From an evening student at Fox to the recently retired CEO of one of the largest women’s-owned businesses, skincare manufacturer Rodan + Fields, Lori has certainly broken the mold.

From our alumni to our student body, entrepreneurial spirit within the Fox community has never been stronger. Lori’s career demanded professional reinvention at every turn. Innovation helped fellow alums Justin Rosenberg and Ofo Ezeugwu establish successful ventures, stemming from their days on campus. And our current students played a significant role in Fox’s Entrepreneurship programs achieving two top-10 rankings by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Here at Fox, we provide an education that will carry our students professionally — and encourage them to look outside the box.

Regards,

Moshe Porat

M. Moshe Porat, PhD, CPCU
Dean
Laura H. Carnell Professor
Fox School of Business

 

Photo of Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat
Fox School of Business Dean M. Moshe Porat

At the Fox School of Business, our push for excellence is not capped by national and international rankings in reputable publications. Each year, we strive to enroll the academically strongest students at the undergraduate, graduate, and PhD levels, and this year is no exception.

This year’s class of freshmen and transfer students joined us with a record-best 3.52 GPA and an SAT average of 1190, a significant increase from last year’s average. These students are incredibly diverse, representing 29 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 21 countries on five continents. Also, the 49 students entering the Fox Honors program boasted an average SAT score of 1455, the highest in the School’s history.

At the graduate level, overall enrollment increased by more than 60 percent in 2015, with Fox enrolling nearly 680 new graduate students. Fox continues to drive graduate enrollment for Temple University.

Our PhD program in Business Administration received more than 270 applications from 19 states and 30 countries, with the average GMAT score for our admitted PhDs in the 92nd percentile. For the PhD program in Statistics, we received more than 40 applications and admitted four full-time and two part-time students. The average GRE score was in the 94th percentile.

It should come as no surprise that our MBA students have enjoyed a 100-percent summer-internship placement rate since 2012, while our MBA (95.1 percent) and undergraduate (94 percent) job-placement rates are among the nation’s best, thanks to the efforts of our Center for Student Professional Development.

These are impressive figures. Here at Fox, as we approach our 100-year anniversary, we are constantly on the move and pushing for excellence. We all share in the strong commitment and the resulting successes of moving Temple University forward – and never settling for the status quo. Regards,

Moshe Porat

M. Moshe Porat, PhD, CPCU
Dean
Laura H. Carnell Professor Fox School of Business