Brandeis University inducted into international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma

Brandeis University was recently inducted into the prestigious international business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS). At a luncheon ceremony attended by representatives from the society, faculty and staff, the university became the 585th chapter of the global organization, which has chapters in all 50 U.S. states and in 33 countries.

The ceremony included the installation of two Brandeis chapter advisors: Jon Chilingerian, a professor at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and Kathryn Graddy, senior associate dean of the International Business School (IBS). Professors Chilingerian and Graddy will administer the honor society program for their respective schools at Brandeis.

Chilingerian said, "Brandeis has developed innovative and unique management programs at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the International Business School. The MD-MBA and Executive MBA for Physicians programs, and the dual degree and general MBA programs train students to lead and manage organizations that confront difficult and important problems and opportunities. We hope that offering Brandeis students a lifelong membership in this international management honor society will empower them to achieve excellence throughout their professional lives."

"We are delighted to become a part of this society, which encourages and acknowledges outstanding academic achievement in the field of business. As someone who was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society many years ago, I appreciate the recognition given to top students for academic excellence in business studies," said Graddy.    

Beta Gamma Sigma has chapters in only the top five percent of business programs. Its members include past chief executives of major corporations, a Nobel Prize winner, a former secretary of the U.S. Navy and a past Olympian. The society's 820,000 lifetime members live in more than 190 countries and territories.

"Brandeis stands for academic rigor and excellence. The best students in our MBA and other graduate masters programs, along with undergraduates studying business, will benefit from this honor and recognition of their achievements in the classroom," said Ben Gomes-Casseres, a professor of international business and program director for the MBA.   

The Heller School and Brandeis IBS will announce plans for introducing the society to their respective student bodies in the spring.


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