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Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society


The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership is by invitation only. Students are normally invited for membership if they are in the top 10% as undergraduates, or in the top 20% as graduate students.Beta Gamma Sigma

With the global expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, Beta Gamma Sigma is able to extend invitations to outstanding students worldwide. Membership in the society is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, or doctoral program in business.

There is no higher honor for students of business and management than to graduate “Beta Gamma Sigma.”

Benefits to Members

Lifelong Recognition:

Membership in the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma provides recognition for a lifetime. As the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can earn, it is always appropriate to include membership on one’s resume.

Online Membership Directory:

The directory is a free online service that provides an opportunity for members to keep their contact information up-to-date with the society, and allows members to stay in better contact with each other.

Alumni Network:

Alumni chapters have been established in major metropolitan areas around the U.S. and in Hong Kong. The society is committed to providing additional benefits to members in established alumni areas as well as increasing the international component of the Alumni Network.

BGS Scholarship Program:

Through the Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship Program, the society has helped more than 1,200 outstanding students of business reach their educational and professional goals. The society and its member deans have awarded more than $1.2 million (U.S.) since 1988.

Student Leadership Forum:

This twice-annual program brings collegiate members together to analyze their leadership and managerial skills. Each collegiate chapter is encouraged to send representatives to the forums.

Membership Verification:

Potential employers are encouraged to contact BGS to verify the membership of applicants.

Contact the Society

For more information on Beta Gamma Sigma benefits, programs, and services, contact the Central Office at:

MU Chapter Contact:

  • Dr. Janeth Merkle, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and BGS President

Annual Induction Ceremony

In May an annual induction ceremony, reception, and dinner takes place the evening before graduation. At this dinner the new inductees are sworn in, a chapter honoree is asked to address the attendants, awards for high academic achievement are announced, and the selections for the faculty awards in teaching and research, and service are announced.

Past Chapter Honorees

  • 2023 –  William (Bill) MacDonald, Central New Jersey Group Manager, PNC Bank’s Commercial Banking Segment
  • 2022 –  Bill O’Mara, KPMG Global Head of Audit (retired)
  • 2019 – Ruth A. Flaig, Executive Director (Retired), The New York Times
  • 2018 – John D. Napoli, Brigadier General (USA Retired) and President, Spencer LLC.
  • 2017 – Wayne P. Tessler, Partner in Private Business Service Group, Eisner Amper Accountants & Advisors
  • 2016 – Karyn Cusanelli, President, Member of Board of Directors, MU Alumni Association
  • 2015 – John A. Aiello, Esquire, Giordano Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.
  • 2014 – Scott C. Swain, President/CEO, Trident Computer Resources, Inc.
  • 2013 – Deborah Mannix, Financial Advisor/Guided Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley
  • 2012 – Suzanne Barba, Tax Director & Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • 2011 – Richard L. Ricciardi, MBA, Ricciardi Consulting, LLC
  • 2010 – Jeana M. Piscatelli, VP, NE Region International Correspondent, Wells Fargo Bank, NY
  • 2009 – Lenny Valentino, President, Rita’s Water Ice
  • 2008 – Paul W. Corliss, President/CEO, The Silver Fox Club
  • 2007 – Robert B. Rumsby, Executive Vice President/COO, Gemini Cosmetics, Inc.
  • 2006 – Karl D. Gordinier, Jr., President, Gordinier Resource Management
  • 2005 – Debra Larrison, President & CEO, Citigroup Geneva Capital Strategies
  • 2004 – William Vogel, President, Atlantic Mills Inc.
  • 2003 – Thomas Libonate, President, Ryan Partnership
  • 2002 – Robert McAllan, CEO, Press Communications LLC
  • 2001 – Dennis Gallagher, Charman & CEO, Global Passenger Services LLC
  • 2000 – Thomas Labrecque, Chairman, Chase Manhattan Corp.

Inducted Faculty of Monmouth University

  • Dr. Gilda Agacer
  • Dr. Nahid Aslanbeigui
  • Dr. Barrie Bailey
  • Dr. Edward Christensen
  • Dr. Andreas Christofi
  • Dr. Linda Flaming
  • Dr. Susan Gupta
  • Dr. Amy Handlin
  • Dr. Noah Hart
  • Dr. Fred Kelly
  • Dr. Min Lu
  • Dr. Lal Mahajan
  • Dr. Joseph Mosca
  • Prof. Roy Nersesian
  • Dr. Guy Oakes
  • Dr. Patrick O’Halloran
  • Dr. Donald Moliver
  • Dr. David Paul
  • Dr. Steve Pressman
  • Dr. Benedicte Reyes
  • Dr. Stuart Rosenberg
  • Prof. Paul Savoth
  • Dr. Scott Jeffrey
  • Dr. Eugene Simko
  • Dr. Donald R. Smith
  • Dr. Ronald Zhao