Seated are East Stroudsburg President Robert J. Dillman and Shippensburg President Bill Ruud. Standing, from left, are Dr. Van. A Reidhead, provost and vice president of academic affairs at East Stroudsburg; Dr. Marilyn Wells, vice provost and graduate dean at East Stroudsburg; Dr. Alla L. Wilson, dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg; Dr. John Kooti, Dean of the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg; and Dr. Jody Harpster, executive vice for president external affairs and university relations at Shippensburg.

SU, ESU officials sign MBA pact

Shippensburg University and East Stroudsburg University officials today (June 29) signed a letter of agreement that will bring Shippensburg's nationally-accredited master of business administration program to East Stroudsburg's campus to meet a growing need in that region.

Shippensburg President Bill Ruud and by East Stroudsburg President Robert J. Dillman signed the agreement in the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

“One hallmark of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the ability of its 14-members to work collaboratively to meet the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” President Ruud said. “By joining together to offer this program, Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg not only meet the need for this type of programming but continue to make the most effective and efficient use of the resources entrusted to us by the Commonwealth. We look forward to bringing our MBA program to East Stroudsburg and the area it serves.”

According to President Dillman, “This partnership with Shippensburg University and its highly respected nationally-accredited MBA program is significant. Offering the program at ESU will provide working professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, recent ESU graduates and others in the Stroudsburg region with convenient evening access to a high quality, affordable Masters in Business Administration degree program. The partnership also demonstrates the efficiency of cooperative planning between PASSHE universities as we strive to minimize duplication of existing academic programs.”

The program, which will begin with the Spring 2012 semester, is through Shippensburg’s John L. Grove College of Business. Classes will be taught at East Stroudsburg by Shippensburg faculty and, when needed, by East Stroudsburg faculty. Students must meet admissions requirements set by Shippensburg and will receive their degree from Shippensburg. Students will also be able to use the East Stroudsburg library during their studies. Each university will also appoint a liaison to coordinate the program.

Dr. Alla L. Wilson, dean of the College of Business and Management and former interim dean of the Graduate College, was instrumental in coordinating the MBA degree partnership with Shippensburg University. The College of Business and Management at ESU offers undergraduate degrees in business management, sport management, hotel restaurant and tourism management, recreation management, as well as graduate degrees in sport management and management and leadership.

In 1981, Grove College became the first school in the current PASSHE system and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by AACSB International. The college was established in 1971 and last September U.S. News and World Report recognized the college as among the best business programs in the nation in its “Best Colleges Specialty Rankings: Best Undergraduate Business Programs” category.

More information on the program is available online at