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Dr. John Nauright

119 Akeley Hall, Lock Haven University

(570) 484-2136

Organizations throughout Pennsylvania and beyond are faced with a complex set of challenges and must establish a culture of change and innovation if they are to thrive in our rapidly changing world. As we face uncertainties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our College provides skill sets needed to serve our communities and regenerate our regional economy. We are facing complex individual, social, environmental and infrastructural challenges and our graduates are prepared to deliver on these.

Students majoring in business, information systems or human services will be given the knowledge necessary to compete for career opportunities in a vast array of public and private organizations. Our programs include courses and majors in business administration; finance, insurance and risk management; accounting; entrepreneurship; international business; computer science; cultural heritage management; adventure tourism and recreation management; sport management; mental health counseling; sport and exercise psychology; criminal justice; social work; and many more exciting and cutting-edge courses, certificates and programs that lead to rewarding careers. Several of our programs are nationally ranked, with our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program being one of the highest ranked accredited fully online programs in the country.

You will know your professors and they will know you! Our class sizes are small compared to many other universities, and you can get the personalized attention rarely available in universities today. Additionally, experiential learning is a hallmark of our programs. Our students not only understand theory, but how to put what they learn in the classroom into practice in their chosen fields. Our university is located at the gateway of the Pennsylvania Wilds region which houses some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural resources in the Eastern United States. Our College also houses recognized national and international experts in international business; global sport management; finance, insurance, and risk management; social work; and economic development.

We are an educational partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers (aka Wolves) of the Premier League of soccer in England, and with Preservation Pennsylvania in cultural heritage management. We have program partnerships and collaborations around the world which provide opportunities for global engagement and experiences. New programs and certificates in social media marketing; trauma informed care; conservation; and cultural heritage management are placing us at the forefront of 21st century economic and social needs.

Our faculty members are subject-matter experts in their chosen fields. The faculty utilize a variety of learning techniques so that our students not only have the knowledge base necessary to compete in today’s economy, but they also understand how to apply that knowledge base to address real world problems and issues. Our clear and primary focus is on student success.

Beyond the classroom, we continue to innovate as we create centers of excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership; Sport Management; Industrial and Manufacturing Innovation; Crime Solving and Forensics; and Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. We are working

with local and regional leaders and businesses; partners in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and international partners to develop creative solutions to our social and economic challenges and opportunities.

In April of 2016 the College was named after our benefactor Stephen Poorman. His gift of over $7 million was the largest in the history of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education at that time. Mr. Poorman’s generosity has enabled us to create a student investment fund; bring global leaders in business and entertainment to campus; and to develop new infrastructure for student success.

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The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services is  committed to student-centered, life-long learning, focused on current and emerging societal needs in sustainable economic development, business and technological innovation, social and environmental justice, and ​holistic wellbeing, evidenced in our policies, procedures, curricula, research, and outreach activities.

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Top Photo: We are a place where your professors know you and where experiential learning is embedded in every program.

Bottom Photo: Proud Partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers of the Premier League in England.

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