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From the Dean

Dean Amy Zeng

Thank you for visiting the website of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford! Choosing an appropriate place for business education is never easy, and many factors can play a role in your decision. The Barney School of Business offers a range of educational options and unique programs that can assist you at different stages of your career. In addition to AACSB accreditation, I think there are three key characteristics of a Barney education.

I must proudly begin by mentioning the current expansion and renovation of our building, which will be ready in Fall 2019 to provide state-of-the-art spaces such as the Trading Room and Analytics Lab, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Center for Career Services, and lots of student study and meeting places.

Our undergraduate program differs from others through a distinctive Career-Ready focus. Students go through multiple phases of preparation by participating in focused events and activities to jump start their careers after graduation and to become competent, confident and connected. Furthermore, to bridge the gap between theory and practice, we require each undergraduate student to complete at least one internship in the major field of study before graduation.

The third important characteristic is the home city of the Barney School – Hartford, which is the nation’s Capital of The Insurance Industry. As such, our portfolio of undergraduate degree offerings features some unique degrees such as Risk Management and Insurance, and Business Analytics and Managerial Economics. Students in these majors not only study from leading faculty members in the field, but also enjoy plenty of experiential learning and employment opportunities. In addition to these two unique majors, we offer five others: Accounting, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, Management, and Marketing. All of these disciplinary areas are also available as minors, joining other minors such as Actuarial Science and Project Management. These minors are designed for those students who look to be equipped with additional knowledge and skill sets on top of their major field of study.

The graduate degrees offered at the Barney School include MBA, M.S. in Management, and M.S. in Accounting and Taxation. A new graduate degree, M.S. in Business Analytics with STEM designation, will be launched in Spring 2019. These degrees are offered in both on-site and online formats, giving you the maximum flexibility to complete the degree requirements. For academically strong undergraduate students that seek to accelerate their business education, we offer a 3+1 Program with either the MBA or the M.S. in Accounting and Taxation, enabling students to receive an undergraduate and a graduate degree in just four years.

About Dean Amy Zeng

Amy Z. Zeng became the Dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford in August, 2018. Prior to her current position, she was Assistant Dean of the Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she worked as a faculty member and administrator for 19 years. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial management engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China.

Zeng has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and is an accomplished and established scholar in the fields of supply chain management and global logistics. Her research expertise lies in the areas of supply chain risk management and tactics, reverse and sustainable supply chain analysis and design, and global logistics process improvement. She has published over 100 articles and delivered more than 110 speeches spanning a wide range of locations and occasions.  Zeng also has extensive experience with corporate outreach and engagement, having advised and co-advised more than 60 company-sponsored student and research projects. With her combined education in engineering and business, she has been quite effective and adept at cultivating cross-disciplinary collaborations. Additionally, Zeng is a three-time grant recipient from the U.S. Department of Education; grants totaling nearly $600,000 plus the same amount of matching funds have provided a solid foundation for establishing the China Hub, WPI’s largest global engagement initiative. As the co-founder and inaugural director of the China Hub, Zeng has worked closely with an interdisciplinary faculty leadership team to create opportunities to expand the expertise and global competency of WPI students and faculty through China-based project centers, research collaboration, on-campus seminar and film series, and intellectual and cultural exchanges.

Zeng is excited and thrilled to lead the Barney School of Business to continue its growth during this exciting time in the school’s history.

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