Jack Welch Schools SHU’s Welch College of Business Faculty and Students

News Story: March 30, 2007

Jack Welch, the former Chairman and CEO of the General Electric Company, spent this afternoon at Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business, meeting with faculty members. He will continue his visit on Friday, to work closely with students. He is an active supporter and advisor to the school and its students.

Now a best-selling author, speaker and business consultant, Mr. Welch met with the entire faculty of the Welch College of Business to discuss what a business leader needs today and how the education of future leaders can address those needs. Tomorrow, he will conduct a morning seminar with students in the College’s Master of Business Administration program, as well as some undergraduates who are studying the Welch way.

A highlight of his campus visit will be an inaugural meeting with the first cohort of Welch Scholars. Chosen on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and financial need, these Sacred Heart undergraduates receive grants from Mr. Welch to assist them in financing their college careers.

According to SHU President Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, “While the Welch Scholarship presumes academic commitment and achievement, it involves so much more. We trust that those who hold this honor will become campus leaders distinguished by their deep humanity, their willingness to help others grow, and their pursuit of lifelong learning and service to the community.”

Welch, a man synonymous with world-class business leadership, gave his name to the University’s College of Business in January 2006. “My travels these days take me all over the world,” he noted, “but it’s always a pleasure to come back home and talk with future leaders like the exceptional young people I see at Sacred Heart. They give me real hope for the future – and not just for the future of business.”