Salvucci earns international award
The founding dean of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business, Debra Salvucci has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for financial information professionals.
Among a competitive pool of nominees, Dean Salvucci stood out based on her consistent, long standing commitment to Beta Alpha Psi and for the “outstanding performance of her Mu Omega Chapter.”
In 2013, Stonehill was inducted into Beta Alpha Psi as the Mu Omega Chapter, which recognizes the academic accomplishments of Stonehill accounting majors. The chapter also works to enhance student professional development and to demonstrate the personal and professional benefits of active community service.
In February, Dean Salvucci announced that she will be retiring this summer, after 36 years of outstanding service to the College as an academic leader, faculty member, and mentor to countless Stonehill students, alumni, and colleagues.
“To be recognized like this is an honor, especially as I prepare to retire. Everything we do is to enhance the academic and professional opportunities for our accounting students, and we have a long tradition of our alumni succeeding in the profession. Our work with the Mu Omega Chapter is an integral part of that process, and I am so proud of what our students and alumni are achieving,” said Dean Salvucci.
Every year it has been eligible, Stonehill’s Mu Omega has been deemed a “Superior” chapter and has regularly won programming awards in areas such as inclusive leadership and ethics. For the 2016-2017 academic year, it was named one of the top ten Gold chapters in the world.
Associate Professor of Accounting Alex Yen and Mu Omega chapter President Jacqueline Flynn ’21 co-nominated Dean Salvucci for the award. In their recommendation submission, they made the case that:
- By setting high standards and getting students excited about accounting, Dean Salvucci helped to create motivated and active Beta Alpha Psi chapter members.
- Without her pursuing and securing AACSB accreditation, it would not have been possible to have a campus Beta Alpha Psi chapter.
- Through her legendary network of contacts, Dean Salvucci brought top leaders in business, finance and accounting to the College as guest speakers.
- She also played a critical role in making the fundraising case in support of the Leo J. Meehan School of Business building.
- Many deans step into roles that have been well defined where as she had the monumental task of starting from scratch.
- In the recommendation, Mu Omega Chapter President Flynn noted that she will be entering a male-dominated field and that having someone with Dean Salvucci’s “spirit inspires more people to pursue a profession like accounting. She treats everyone like family, she truly cares and wants to know about the progress we are making professionally and personally.”
Due to COVID-19, the in-person award ceremony has been cancelled but Dean Salvucci will be honored at a Beta Alpha Psi’s virtual annual meeting in August.