Getting Down to Business at Touro

Date: October 27, 2005
Media Contact:

Barbara Franklin
Director of Communications
212-463-0400 x5530

Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and President of Touro College, has announced the appointment of Charles Jay Snow, Ph.D., a well-respected expert in business education, to serve as Touro’s Dean of Business Programs with responsibility for programs in the United States and abroad. In addition, President Lander has announced that Touro is now offering a Master’s in Business Administration.

This fall, Touro College welcomed its initial class of MBA students, who are studying towards an MBA in Management. The MBA program offers small classes, individualized attention, dedicated faculty with practical business experience, and affordable tuition. An important component of the MBA program will be an active and strong office of Career Services and Placement for students. One example of Touro’s success in this area is Goldman Sachs’ willingness to allow Touro students, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to interview for positions in their Comptroller, Operations and Information Technology areas. Touro also expects to offer MBA programs in Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship in the near future.

The 42-credit MBA is offered at Touro’s location at 27 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Classes are held on weekday evenings, and tuition and fees for a Touro MBA total less than $25,000. Plans are underway to offer an Executive MBA that could be completed in 33 months. The Executive MBA, when approved and available, will be especially appealing for Orthodox business professionals and entrepreneurs who will be able to participate in this program. Touro plans to offer courses toward the Executive MBA primarily on Sundays at Touro’s Flatbush campus on Avenue J.

Dr. Snow was previously Dean of the Sy Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University, and was an acclaimed professor of accounting at the Sy Syms School of Business and at Baruch College. In addition to Dean Snow’s strong academic credentials, he is also intimately familiar with the skills and training necessary to succeed in a corporate setting, having served as Vice President and Worldwide Director of Training for Morgan Stanley & Co, Inc. Dean Snow’s leadership and guidance, grounded in his unusually strong combination of academic and corporate expertise, will enable Touro to successfully build its graduate business program and to continue to improve the quality of its undergraduate business programs.

At the undergraduate business level, Touro continues to focus on improving and expanding its career services for students. Such services include assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, and securing of interviews at leading corporations and firms. Touro will also expand students’ exposure to leading members of the business community by bringing outstanding executives, financiers and entrepreneurs to campus to meet with and address students. Undergraduates will also benefit from an increased offering of business clubs that will enable them to expand and deepen their interests in various facets of the business world.

Entrepreneurial studies are an important feature of a contemporary business education, and Dean Snow plans to develop an Entrepreneurial Institute at Touro. In addition to relevant courses, the Institute may also include a business plan competition for students and an incubator for the development of new businesses by students.

Touro College, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, seeks to produce business graduates who possess strong analytical skills, who understand the importance and implications of functioning as members of a team, who possess excellent communication skills, and who have achieved competence in a wide variety of technical areas.