PNC MBA Program Presents 2015 Faculty and Student Awards

PNC-MBA-Awards-2015The Purdue University North Central graduates of the MBA class of 2015 recently presented their Outstanding Faculty Award to Dr. Wei He, assistant professor of Management and Strategy, for his teaching of the Quantitative Methods courses as well as the Strategic Management capstone course.

“We are delighted that Dr. He was recognized,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the PNC College of Business. “This series of coursework is among the most challenging for our students. Dr. He was able to facilitate mastery through his enthusiastic style and passion for learning. He is able to take complex statistical concepts and demonstrate how useful they can be in making effective managerial decisions. His strategy course requires the students to work through a computer simulation that is run at the same time in programs across the world. Student teams must set up a company, then compete in a global market to achieve the best outcomes. It is not only challenging but fun.”

He began teaching at PNC in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business from Soochow University, China. He received his first master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his second master’s degree in Information Systems at University of Leeds, UK. After coming to the United States, He completed an Executive Master of Hospitality Management, and earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Florida International University.

Prior to coming to the U.S., He worked in two international hotel chains of Hilton International and Peel Hotel Group. His research interests include inter-firm collaboration and competitive strategies of international service firms. Several of his studies and co-authored works have been presented in top tier conferences such as the Academy of Management annual meeting and the Academy of International Business annual conference.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Marie Claire Foster who received her MBA degree during the May 18 PNC commencement ceremony. Foster was chosen for her leadership as part of the MBA Student Leadership group. This group was responsible for organizing the ongoing Lunch with a Leader series as well as several community service activities.

“Throughout the entire program, Marie was a positive force for learning as well as service,” said Roberts. “Based on her academic achievement, she was inducted into our business honor society Delta Mu Delta in the Fall of 2014. She has been as asset to our program as well as her peers.”

Foster received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Purdue University and is the PNC director of Development. She joined PNC in 2012 as a development officer and advanced to alumni coordinator before being named to her current position. Prior to coming to PNC, she served in a variety of marketing positions with Porter County Parks and Quality Oil Company. She is a member of Tri Kappa and several not-for-profit-agency boards.

The Saturday MBA program is currently accepting applications for its fall cohort. Further information about the PNC MBA program may be obtained at or by contacting the program office at (219) 785-5557 or