Business Leader Tapped as Dean of Union Graduate College MBA Program
Musits to Lead School of Management
NY --- Union
Graduate College has named a well-known business executive to lead its growing
MBA program. Bela Musits will join UGC as Dean of the School of Management starting
September 1, 2011. Musits, 57, is a founding partner of High Peaks Venture Partners.
Headquartered in Troy, the firm has raised more than $60 million for investment
in start-up technology companies.
“As a highly
successful and well-regarded entrepreneur, venture capitalist, corporate manager
and project engineer, Bela Musits brings real world perspective and proven
business acumen to Union Graduate College’s School of Management,” said Dr.
Laura Schweitzer, President of Union Graduate College. “With Tech Valley on the
verge of explosive growth, we wanted a Dean with a fresh outlook. Bela’s entrepreneurial
instinct, hands on experience and passion for teaching are the right combination
to create new opportunities for our students, programs and institution.”
than 30 years of teaching experience, Musits has served as an adjunct professor
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Babson College, Schenectady Community
College as well as Union Graduate College. At RPI, he directed the Incubator
Program for five years. And as an engineer and researcher, Musits worked for
General Electric Global Research and the IBM Corporate Research Center. Musits
eventually left engineering to launch a successful technology start-up that
went public in 1996.
adjunct professor, I have been impressed with Union Graduate College’s MBA
program and jumped at the opportunity to become more involved,” said Musits.
“Helping a high-quality product reach its full potential – that’s what I do, what
I thrive on. And that’s the approach I’ll take as Dean. I am honored and
energized by the challenge – and look forward to getting started.”
Graduate College, Musits will lead a growing MBA program with more than 300
students. Enrollment at UGC’s School of Management climbed 5% last year and it recently
renewed its “gold standard” in MBA accreditation from the Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UGC has the only
program in the region that has also achieved accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management
Education (CAHME) for its MBA in Healthcare
Graduate College joins other MBA programs, such as University of New Haven and
Boston University, who have recently tapped business leaders to serve as Dean
of a management program.
is an innovator – well-respected and admired throughout the business
community,” said David Buicko, President, Galesi Management and Chair, Center
for Economic Growth Board of Directors. “Naming him Dean of the School of
Management is a coup not just for Union Graduate College but for all of us
invested in economic development. I look forward to helping him succeed in his
chairing Union Graduate College’s “2011 Scholarship Scramble” golf tournament at
Eagle Crest Golf Club in Clifton Park on September 16, 2011.
Union Graduate College on September 1, 2011, Musits will step down as Managing
Director at High Peaks, remaining a Venture Partner at the firm. He will continue
to spearhead university technology commercialization efforts.
“As one of
our founding partners, Bela has been instrumental in helping High Peaks Venture
Partners flourish, identifying and growing important new technology companies
across New York State,” said Russ Howard, Managing Director at High Peaks. “As
he begins a new chapter in his career, we know Bela will use his unique skills
and talents to nurture collaboration between the academic, entrepreneurial and
business communities for the benefit of the entire region.”
Graduate College is one of just a handful of institutions across the country
devoted exclusively to master’s level education. UGC opened a brand new campus
in 2009, located in downtown Schenectady. In addition to management, the
Graduate College offers master’s programs in education, engineering and