The Thomas J. Cox. Jr. Honors Program continues to provide Peter J. Tobin College of Business students with exposure to academic learning experiences and business experiences designed to propel their academic and professional careers.
Launched in September 2019 as the Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program, it was renamed in 2020 due to the generosity of Thomas J. Cox ‘82CBA in honor of his father. This elite Program recruits and retains a cohort of high-achieving undergraduate business students who take honors courses, have co-curricular opportunities, conduct research with faculty, and receive tuition scholarships to participate in a Global Destination Course (GDC).
In its inaugural year, the Program enrolled nearly 28 freshman and nearly 15 sophomores. This past September, the Program added 91 high performing freshmen and is on track to enroll another stellar class in Fall 2021.
“The attractiveness of this program is that it puts a cohort of our brightest students together to be challenged by demanding professors, while forming bonds with each other in a rigorous academic environment,” said Niall C. Hegarty, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Thomas J. Cox, Jr. Honors Program.
“The result will be a well-educated graduate with leadership skills who will be heavily recruited by industry.”
The 2020-2021 academic year program featured a stellar lineup of speakers who gave the students inside information on various industries, career development, and the importance of relationships, communication, and work ethic.
The year’s first speaker was the Honors Program benefactor, Thomas J. Cox, CEO of On Point Group, who spoke about his career experience and his impetus for sponsoring this academic program. He received a wonderful response from students eager to engage him and his personal approach to leadership and life.
The roster of subsequent speakers included:
Tobin faculty members also invited speakers from various industries to address specific classes. Those speakers included: Alfonso Chang, CEO of pharmaceutical company Parsolex; Samuel Cargill, Global CEO of Aon’s Media & Entertainment practice, and Executive Chairman for Aon Private Risk Management; and Jacob Assa, Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations.
“Students’ exposure to a variety of industry speakers has the purpose of informing and interesting them in career paths they may not have previously considered, while raising the College’s profile with employers in the production of ‘ready to contribute’ graduates,” said Dr. Hegarty.