Dean Poon gives keynote at event celebrating Presidents Cup
Christine A. Poon, dean and John W. Berry Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher, addressed the critical importance of collaboration with the global business community as the keynote speaker at an event celebrating the Presidents Cup golf tournament teeing off at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
“We are forming these vast partnerships with the business community and the rest of the university,” she said. “In doing that, we elevate our research; we elevate our teaching; we elevate the student experience, and we help the competitiveness of the businesses of our state, our nation and the world.”
The gathering, hosted by regional government and economic development groups, included civic and business leaders and public officials from across Ohio and around the globe. Poon, who has served as Fisher’s dean since 2009, highlighted a number of the programs and initiatives at Fisher that engage the business community — critical, she explained, to the university’s land-grant mission of helping to make meaningful and lasting economic impacts in the region, nation, and world through education.
Keys to this focus are the college’s business partnership and research centers.
“The reason to set up a center is it has to be strategically important and have an economic interest to our state and nation,” she said, citing the National Center for the Middle Market in collaboration with GE Capital and housed on the Fisher campus. “We shared a common vision (with GE Capital). We really wanted to put attention on an underserved and not well understood market segment. We thought we could build the capability and skill of this very important market segment and inspire students to see their careers and their profession in the middle market.”
Poon also spoke about the highly successful Export Internship Program, which pairs students with Ohio companies looking to expand their businesses internationally; and a focus on preparing the next generation of business leaders in data analytics, which includes a partnership launched late last year with the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics.
“What I loved about (the IBM partnership) . . . was this idea that companies would bring their most intractable, seemingly unsolvable problems — and here, in Columbus, with the IBM client center and the great companies and students that have been trained, we can solve those problems,” she said.