Verney Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Dr. Thomas P. Verney, Professor of International Management in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholarship award to Wroclaw, Poland. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 1200 U.S. scholars receive Fulbright awards annually.
Dr. Verney has been on the faculty at Shippensburg University since 1977 and, in addition to his faculty status, has served in numerous roles such as department chair, MBA director, and Acting Associate Dean. While at the Wroclaw University of Economics in Wroclaw Poland, Dr. Verney will be teaching courses in International Human Resource Management. Additionally, he will be collaborating with his Polish colleagues on a range of student learning issues such as online learning, study abroad programs, as well as internship programs.
According to Dr. Verney, “the most common question I receive when people hear that I was awarded a Fulbright to Poland is, of all places, why Poland? My standard answer is that aside from the fact that my paternal grandparents immigrated from Poland (and my maternal grandparents from Slovakia) and that I was very involved in establishing a student exchange program with Wroclaw University of Economics, the simple fact is that Poland is a beautiful country with an amazing history, rich tradition, and an extremely warm and friendly people. From the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, which is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world and home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa (Black Madonna),to the salt mines of Wieliczka to the death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, Poland’s cultural history is indeed unique.”