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Centers & Institutes

At the Whitman School, we preach experience by doing. As a result, we support various centers and institutes devoted to the practice, expertise and real-world applications in the study of business. Their shared mission is to advocate business practice in a comprehensive range of areas from sustainable enterprise to global commerce. The centers and institutes offer our students thought leadership and hands-on experiences through speakers, practice, forums, conferences and events.

Centers & Institutes

Africa Business Program

In partnership with International peer schools, the Africa Business Program helps facilitate partnerships between businesses in Central New York and countries in Africa.

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Ballentine Investment Center

Established in 1992 by an endowment by Whitman alumnus Steve Ballentine '83 BS, the Ballentine Investment Institute offers sophisticated tools used by investment professionals as well as materials to support learning, research, and professional development. 

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Center for Ethics and Leadership

The Center for Ethics and Leadership was developed to instill in students a passion and understanding for best practices in business ethics and excellence in leadership. The center is dedicated to immersing the Whitman community—and the SU community at-large—in a week of intense focus on ethical issues. The center’s annual Ethics Week provides for discussion on the important topics of ethics and leadership in today’s society. Events such as these are funded in part by the James S. Kemper Foundation, an independent, private foundation established to provide funding for higher education initiatives.

Earl V. Snyder Innovation Management Center

The Earl V. Snyder Innovation Management Center is dedicated to the study and understanding of innovation management, providing Whitman students with the opportunity to delve into the diverse fields of business, law, engineering, and industrial design through an interdisciplinary curriculum. The innovation management program at the Whitman School was established in 1981, with the dedication of the Snyder Center occurring in 1993 through a generous endowment from the estate of Earl and Josephine Snyder. Due to the efforts of the Snyder Center, Whitman students are able to contribute to thriving innovation efforts in technology-based organizations, industrial products companies, and consumer goods companies and are recruited by companies such as Kodak, AT&T, IBM, and Lockheed Martin.

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship

The outreach arm of our Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises department, the mission of the Falcone Center is to facilitate the entrepreneurial activity on campus and the local and regional communities. 

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George E. Bennett Center for Accounting & Tax Research

The George E. Bennett Center for Tax Research strives to expand educational opportunities through grant money issued to faculty and students based on research proposals. This resource allows the Whitman community to be immersed in new knowledge and developments in the fields of accounting and taxation. The Bennett Center was created with a gift from James Francis Toole ’24 BS, to honor longtime professor of accounting in the Whitman School, the late George E. Bennett.

H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management

One of the earliest endowed transportation programs in the nations, its mission is to enhance the University’s position as a nationally recognized leader in supply chain management education and research.

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James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center

Inaugurated in 2006 by a generous donation from Whitman alumnus James D. Kuhn '70 BS '72 MBA, activities and scholarship from the Kuhn Real Estate Center provide our students with the understanding to making graduates potential innovators in the field. 

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Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Program

Established in 1949, the Salzberg Program enriches the student learning experience by fostering a close community of students, faculty, staff and practitioners of Supply Chain who collaborate to advance the state of knowledge, engage the mind, and stimulate the best effort of all.

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Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute

Endowed by Whitman alumnus Robert H. Brethen ’49 BS in 1988, the Brethen Operations Management Institute supports innovative projects and conferences that strengthen the link between theory, research and real-world concerns.

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Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP)

The Whitman School of Management, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems form a unique collaboration providing world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise management. The SEP actively integrates business, science, policy, and practice to develop and provide graduate and undergraduate curricula, educational outreach, and research on sustainable enterprise, with particular emphasis on small and medium business enterprises (SMEs).

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Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) was established in 1989 as a data gathering, research, and distribution center at Syracuse University. The organization exits for the sole purpose of supplying the public with information on the federal government's enforcement and regulatory efforts. TRAC services are free to the public and can be accessed by students through its Web site or the research center located in Newhouse II on SU's campus.

TRAC promotes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which states that all federal government records must be made accessible to the general public. Though many organizations and individuals know of this act, they find it difficult to access government information. TRAC works to alleviate this problem by breaking down information into easy to read information graphics and data charts. The organization supplies all information from number of government employees to intricate administration policies.

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Walter and Olivia Kiebach Center for International Business Studies

Promoting the theory and practice of international business as significant components in the development of Whitman, the Kiebach Center helps create a global mindset among students and faculty.

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