Poole College faculty, staff and students were honored with awards and recognition for their research, problem-solving skills and service in the past year. Before we get to those, following are a few milestones and highlights regarding our academic programs.


Poole College’s Jenkins MBA program welcomed its first students in its new online option in August 2011. It also received approval for several dual degree programs, bringing the total number of MBA dual degree options to seven.

  • MBA/JD with Campbell University in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Master in Biomedical Manufacturing/MBA, with NC State’s College of Engineering
  • Master of Industrial Engineering/MBA, with NC State’s College of Engineering


The part time option in Poole College’s Jenkins MBA program was ranked for the first time by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2011.

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek | MBA PT, 30 (national), 5 (among programs in the South), (2011); Undergraduate Programs, 100 (2011)
  • U.S. News & World Report | MBA FT, 83 | MBA PT, 59 (2011) | Undergraduate, 81 (2011)
  • Forbes.com’s Ten Most Innovative Business School Classes | MBA Product Innovation Lab
  • Beyond Gray Pinstripes | MBA (2010), 99
  • Supply Chain Management Review – Supply Chain Management Curriculum | 14th by academics | 20th by practitioners | overall ranking, 18th (2009)
  • The Accounting Report | MAC and undergraduate programs, consistently in the top 30.


  • Dr. Ted Baker, associate professor of entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, received the 2011 Greif Research Impact Award for his paper, “Creating Something from Nothing: Resource Construction through Entrepreneurial Bricolage,” published in the Administrative Science Quarterly. The award recognizes impact as measured by number of citations in the five years since it was published; to date, the paper has 103 citations through the Web of Science and 340 through Google Scholar.
  • Dr. Robert Clark, professor of economics and management, innovation and entrepreneurship, was named a Research Fellow by the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also had been invited to speak on two panels in the New York Stock Exchange’s forum, Workplace Financial Fitness: Empowering Employees Beyond the 401(k). He also participated in the ringing of the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on April 12, 2011.
  • A research paper co-authored by Dr. Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department of Business Management, received the Emerald Citation of Excellence award at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in August 2011.
  • A research article by Dr. David Henard, associate professor, marketing, Department of Business Management, Customer Satisfaction: A Meta-analysis of the Empirical Evidence, was placed on the Journal of Academic Marketing Science’s Top 10 list in its 40th anniversary issue.
  • Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, associate professor of information technology, Department of Business Management, was named to a five-year term as editor of f Health Systems, a journal of the Operational Research Society.
  • Dr. John Seater, Thurman-Ratheon Distinguished Professor of Economics, received NC State’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in May 2011.

Alumni, Staff, Student and Program Awards and Recognition

  • Pam Bostic, director of the Jenkins MBA program, was recognized with a Woman Extraordinaire Award from Business Leader Magazine.
  • Jon Rufty (‘77), founder, Rufty Homes, Inc., received the NC State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.
  • Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards to four college alumni: David Forrest (’93), vice president, commercial banker with Fidelity Bank, Raleigh, N.C; Laura Hulsey (’97) of Raleigh, regional vice president for Triangle Commercial Markets with RBC Bank USA; Paul Kizakevich ( ‘07 MBA), regional executive with CA Technologies; Mark Saad (’08) of Garner, founder of Kinder Soles footwear.
  • Jenkins MBA alumnus Ted Mosler received Business Leader Magazine’s Top 50 Catalyst Entrepreneur in Research Triangle Park Award in 2011
  • The NC State Collegiate DECA student organization, housed in Poole College, brought home several awards from the Collegiate DECA 2011 International Career Development Conference. Read more.
  • Triangle Global Health Case Competition: Jenkins MBA team received second place. Read more
  • Jenkins MBA student Robert Flynn was selected to attend the Canadian Leadership Orientation Program in summer 2011.
  • The NC State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter, housed in Poole College, was among 109 student chapters earning a Superior Merit Award for its accomplishments in the 2010-2011 academic year.
  • Senior Robert Martin won a national Society for Human Resource Management scholarship.
  • Undergraduate accounting student Johna Edmunds was selected for international KPMG internship.


Among Poole College’s 2011 honorees are, left to right, top row: Dr. Robert Handfield; Poole Alumni recognized as Triangle Business Journal’s 40 under 40 recipients; Dr. Robert Clark; Dr. David Henard; Dr. Fay Cobb Payton. Bottom row: Dr. Ted Baker; Dr. John Seater; Dr. Paul Bergey; Pamela Bostic; Roger Debo; Jon Rufty.

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