Spring on the York College campus

Getting the Job Done at the Graham School of Business

By James Norrie, DPM, LL.M.
Getting the Job Done
Opposite, Dr. James Norrie (center) talks with Business Management majors Rachel Rosiak '18 (Sykesville, MD) and former Marine Christopher Ondek '19 (Felton, PA) in the Willman Business Center.
Welcome to this edition of the alumni magazine. I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. My name is Dr. James Norrie and I was recently appointed as the founding Dean of the Graham School of Business (GSB) and the Chloé Eichelberger Endowed Chair at York College of Pennsylvania. I am so proud to be here and to lead such an outstanding school including highly engaged faculty and, of course, ongoing support from our patron, Don Graham.

Let me tell you a few things about what we are up to at the School these days, and particularly about some exciting new program announcements we have just made. For those of you who are alumni of the GSB, the good work we are doing to grow the brand and reputation of the School only enhances your degree. And for graduates of other programs who enjoyed their time at YCP, these changes give us the opportunity to bring our high-quality, high-touch, academic experience to many more students by offering a really interesting array of contemporary and competitive new majors. If you know anyone who is looking for one of the best business school values around, make sure you tell them about us!

One of the more exciting new majors for Fall 2017 is Cybersecurity Management. This is a fast-growing field in high demand, and we are so excited about the future prospects of this contemporary program. With our long tradition of a successful major in Information Technology Management, it seemed natural for us to work across disciplines to create a program that offers students not only appropriate training on information systems' privacy and security, (a raging national issue these days!) but also combines it with relevant curriculum drawn from our existing major in Intelligence Analysis. It also incorporates a solid dose of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice courses so that graduates of our program will understand this problem as a larger social concern and not just a technology-related problem – exactly the direction in which this field is going today. This new major supports the spirit of the YCP mission to practically blend professional programs with the liberal arts in unique and valuable ways that serve graduates well – and gets them the job and the job done, too!

Another exciting new development that I am proud to share is the immediate introduction this fall of our new Master of Accounting (M.Acc) degree. With recent changes in licensure requirements for CPAs at the national level, we needed to align our already outstanding curriculum in undergraduate accounting to incorporate 150 academic credit hours in total so that our graduates remain eligible to write the CPA exam if they so elect. To do this, we have adapted an idea that is growing in popularity in order to introduce south central PA's first program of its type. And more good news? Undergraduate students enrolling in our Accounting major this fall will be able to automatically go on to this degree as their fifth year of studies and do so at the same cost as an additional year of undergraduate study. Not only is this the right thing to do for our prospective students, but it’s the right thing to do period and is an example of how we plan to ensure that the Graham School of Business stays at the forefront of serving the needs of our regional business community.

So keep an eye on us – we really are on the move and, if you're around campus, drop by and say hello. You are always welcome home.