William G McGowan School of Business Advisory Council - Established 1981

History of the Advisory Council

In the fall of 1981, Faculty of the Business Division of King’s College enlisted twenty individuals from business, government, and academic institutions to offer their advice and share their expertise and experience with our faculty and students.  Council members reviewed the business curriculum and programs, reviewed the School of Business mission and strategic plan, and provided engaged mentorship for our students through class visits and informal discussions.  Since that time the School of Business has been extremely fortunate to have outstanding alumni and friends of the College who continue to support the students and faculty of the School of Business.

In 1990 with the creation of the William G. McGowan School of Business took on a new name but continues to thrive as a source of guidance to both the students and faculty alike. Although it has been thirty five plus years since the first meeting, the original five objectives that were set forth in 1981 continue.

  • To keep the curriculum strong and relevant
  • To contribute to faculty development
  • To provide role models for our students
  • To provide engaged mentorship for our students in their pursuit of meaningful professional careers
  • To enhance the public image of King’s College in general and the School of Business in particular

Contributions of Advisory Council

As indicated by the AACSB Accreditation Site Visit Team, “The Business Advisory Council is one of your major strengths.”  The Council has been a very important part of our success.  The contributions have been significant, numerous and varied.  Every program in the Business School has made substantive revisions to its curriculum as a result of discussions with, and recommendations made by the Advisory Council Members.  Student internship opportunities have been generated and significant faculty development has been made possible by interactions with Members.

Role of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council meets annually each Spring on the King’s College Campus.  Through classroom visits they interact with our students and share trends and developments of their industry and professional lives.  They discuss career options with them, and, where possible, assist students to locate appropriate internships and job opportunities.

In the Fall, the Council Members are invited to attend the annual MSB Forum to serve as mentors/career coaches to King’s students.  The Forum is held off campus each year alternating between New York City, Philadelphia, and Wilkes-Barre.

Contact information:

Barry H. Williams, JD, MT, MBA, CPA
Dean and Professor of Accounting
William G. McGowan School of Business
King’s College
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone:  570-208-5932
E-mail: barrywilliams@kings.edu