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Business Administration

A background in business administration provides students with an understanding of how for-profit and not-for-profit organizations function effectively and efficiently.

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire organization and a clear picture of how the following functional business areas work together to make a successful organization: accounting, finance, human resources, law, management, marketing, information technology and operations.

Students in the program acquire a portfolio of business skills that they master and sharpen through the curriculum. In addition to gaining a fundamental knowledge of business concepts and nomenclature, students develop skills that are valued by employers.

Brad Sweet '19 discusses the benefits of SUNY Potsdam's Department of Business Administration and the impact his professors have had on his undergraduate education.

Rising Out of Darkness

As a wounded service member returning from Iraq, alumnus James Wilkes ’01, ’06 & ’10 re-entered civilian life with a battery of injuries, including significant memory loss. For the past 15 years, he has been continuing to climb out of that darkness left behind in war. After receiving degrees in biology, business administration, and instructional technology and media from SUNY Potsdam, he went on to an impressive career at IBM. In his spare time, he tackles the most daunting endurance races on the planet—including recently completing the Quintuple Anvil Triathlon, with 703 miles of biking, running and swimming.

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After Potsdam: The Pathway Up

Amanda Moeller ’15 has leveraged a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from SUNY Potsdam to gain a master’s degree and a sought-after position with a multinational company. A member of several honors societies while at SUNY Potsdam, she is now the customer supply chain manager at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where we caught up with her to chat about her undergraduate experiences.

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Kayla Boyd '20

Kayla Boyd continues to take on leadership roles on campus as a team leader in her entrepreneurship classes, the president of the Black Student Alliance, coordinator for Multicultural Weekend, and most recently as an instructor for Kayla’s Bootcamp, a high-intensity interval training fitness class offered through the Potsdam intramurals program. She will be graduating this May with a double major in business administration and creative writing.

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Note to Self. Succeed.

imagine receiving a reminder from your younger self to keep pursuing your goals. That's what happened to SUNY Potsdam alumnus Nick Leonard the other day when a notification appeared on his iPhone: “Have job on Broadway in ticketing, pricing or revenue –From 21-year-old Nick.” He had set the reminder three years earlier, as part of an exercise in Dr. Ed Portugal's class. And as it turns out, Nick can already check that big item off his career to-do list after accepted a new job with the Walt Disney Company.

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Zerrouk Bessa ’20

Adjusting to a new country and culture is always challenging, but Zerrouk Bessa ’20, who worked as a financial auditor in Algeria for more than a decade, found the support and guidance that he needed in SUNY Potsdam’s business management program—one of the newest academic offerings on campus.  

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Creating a Culture of Curiosity

Dr. Edwin Portugal, who has been a professor at SUNY Potsdam since 1993, is known for fostering curiosity and creative thinking in his business administration classes and bringing a global perspective to his research and teaching.

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Entrepreneurship in Action

Alumnus Kris McCarthy ’14, who studied business administration at SUNY Potsdam, has always had a commitment to hockey and an entrepreneurial spirit. Now he is combining both with the launch of his new app, FanSaves.

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Shondelle Webster '18

As a dancer and artist, Shondelle Webster '18 realized that she would need to make business-savvy decisions throughout her life. So, after choosing a dance major, she made the pragmatic decision to double major in business administration.

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