The Jacksonville University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), an international business honor society, has inducted 53 new members to its chapter, including 14 undergraduate and 37 graduate students and two faculty members.
The chapter was also awarded an Exemplary Chapter Award for the 2013-14 school year in December, the highest honor for any chapter. Inducted students were either rising or current seniors in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, or in the top 20 percent of their graduate classes.
“Here in the Davis College of Business, we recognize excellence and believe that to each of us, much has been given and of each of us, accordingly, much is expected,” said Dr. Angela Mattia, Assistant Professor of Decision Science & Information Management and the chapter advisor for the Davis College of Business BGS Chapter. “The new inductees accept our high standards and agree to let honor, wisdom and earnestness guide and stimulate their personal conduct every day of their life. We are so proud of each and every one of them for committing to these guiding principles for the rest of their life”
Jacksonville University’s chapter has grown to more than 225 inducted members since its inception in 2012. In addition to those inducted, an honorary membership is annually awarded to a member of the Jacksonville business community. This year’s recipient was Tom Peterson, Chief of Staff for Sales Management Operations for Black Knight Financial Services. Peterson is an Executive MBA grad of the Davis College of Business and currently serves on the DCOB Executive Advisory Board.
“Jacksonville University and the Davis College of Business have meant so much to Black Knight and LPS (Loan Processing Services, the former name of the company), I felt like it was my duty to give back to this institution,” said Peterson during his acceptance speech. “This is why I continue to stay involved in the Davis College of Business and engage in a way which will bring value to the education here at JU.”
Among those who attended the event were JU President Tim Cost and Black Knight Financial Services Chief Executive Tom Sanzone, among other leaders of Black Knight. Following this speech, each of the newly inducted members was presented with graduation cords, along with a certificate of recognition of their induction into the honor society.
Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes excellence among all of its chapters, and only schools that have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are eligible for membership. BGS currently has 546 active chapters and has inducted more than 750,000 outstanding students into membership since its founding in 1913. Members currently reside in all 50 states and more than 160 countries around the world.