Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government

The mission of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government is to prepare students to be:

  • Effective business and professional leaders 
  • Responsible and successful participants in a dynamic market economy 
  • Principled civic leaders and public servants 
  • Skillful managers of technology 
  • Thoughtful contributors to the intellectual and scholarly world

Bob Markley ClassThis mission is achieved via the McKenna School philosophy, which is based on the intellectual and moral traditions of Western civilization. As such, the McKenna School provides a challenging curriculum that addresses contemporary issues and professional needs as well as the enduring concerns of human experience.

The hallmark of a McKenna School education is practical knowledge combined with scholarly experience. As part of Saint Vincent College, the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government educates students in the liberal arts tradition so that they are well prepared for successful and rewarding lives.

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Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government Outcomes  
  • McKenna business majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)—one of the top two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development and courses primarily (at least 70%) taught by PhDs, the ACBSP is the number one business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students.
  • Our job and internship placements are exceptional. Job placement for our 2015 business graduates:

    Accounting: 21/21 graduates, median salary is $45,000
    Finance: 11/11 graduates; 1 is unknown; median salary is $49,000
    Marketing: 17/17 graduates; median salary is $40,000 
    Management: 36/40 graduates; median salary is $43,500
    International Business: 2/2 graduates; median salary is $40,000

  • Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS national undergraduate business field test. Out of 563 accredited (i.e., ACBSP and AACSB) business schools, we ranked overall in the top 15% of the nation in 2016. In marketing, the McKenna School scored in the top 8.6% of the nation in 2016.
  • Management and Finance majors are taught using SAP B1 and Tableu Business Intelligence. 
  • The McKenna School offers a minor in operational excellence featuring the Toyota Production Process. We offer a coop program for IE minors with our Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE). Also, the McKenna now features an annual "OE Around the World Trip," to visit factories and hospitals abroad. In 2015, students visited Dublin and Belfast.
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Meet the Dean

Gary QuinlivanAs Dean of the McKenna School, Dr. Quinlivan oversees approximately 50 full time and adjunct faculty members, 450 undergraduate and graduate students and four centers. In addition, he is a full professor of economics at Saint Vincent College. He is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal for Markets and Morality published by the Acton Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Cultural Center in Pittsburgh. From 1989 to the 2001, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Economics Department where he taught international trade, international monetary theory and monetary theory. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China from 1988 to 1989. Quinlivan received his PhD in economics at the University of Albany and BA at State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Quinlivan has co-edited or authored seven books, six monographs and has written numerous articles in the areas of international trade, public finance and international finance. His most recent books include: A Catholic Response to Economic Globalization: Applications of Catholic Social Teaching (co-authored with Paul Cleveland, Gregory Gronbacher and Michel Therrien); Public Morality, Civic Virtue and the Problem of Modern Liberalism (co-edited with T. William Boxx); For Freedom and Prosperity: Philip M. McKenna and the Gold Standard League (co-authored with Brian Surkan); and Toward the Renewal of Civilization: The Political Order and Culture (co-edited with T. William Boxx). Dr. Quinlivan has won teaching awards at both Saint Vincent College (1993 and 2007) and Carnegie Mellon University (2000). During the summer of 2005, Quinlivan received an International Business Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh, for ten-day seminar in Russia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. In 1997, Shandong University in PR China awarded Quinlivan an honorary professorship. Dr. Quinlivan is the founder and former faculty moderator of the ballroom dance club and the Gilbert and Sullivan club at Saint Vincent College. Dr. Quinlivan is one of the key administrators dedicated to enhancing Saint Vincent College’s academic links to China. He has traveled to China 45 times and has negotiated over ten academic affiliations between Saint Vincent College and some of the best universities in China.

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Our Programs
Program Major Minor Cert. Joint Prog. Career Prep Graduate Prog.
Accounting check Major, check Minor,
Business Education Information Technology check Certification,
Economics check Major, check Minor,
Finance check Major, check Minor,
International Business check Major, check Minor,
Management check Major, check Minor,
Management: Operational Excellence check Graduate Program,
Marketing check Major, check Minor,
Operational Excellence check Minor,
Politics and Political Science check Major, check Minor,
Pre-Law Program check Career Prep,
Public Administration check Minor,
Public Policy check Major,
SAP Business One check Certification, check Career Prep,
Why Choose McKennamckenna-choose
Why Choose the McKenna School

McKenna NetworkingSince birth, you have been exchanging information with others, in order to learn and grow. That is networking and it is key to a successful career. The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economicsand Government will help you build on these skills and prepare you for your future.

As a student in the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College, you will observe a scholarly, disciplined approach to life, be accepted unconditionally, challenged intellectually, nurtured spiritually and taught, by example, to pursue a full life. You will experience:

  • Outstanding opportunities to interact with a diverse group of faculty, skilled in disciplines directly and indirectly related to your major. 
  • A wide variety of internships, work-study and student research fellowships.
  • Upper-level job leads and interaction with the broader business and professional community. 
  • Networking with Saint Vincent College alumni. 
  • Valuable links to future career options, such as advice from successful Saint Vincent College alumni. 
  • Hearing and meeting top scholars from prominent universities and think tanks (the Center for Political and Economic Thought, with one of the strongest lecture and conference programs in the country, sponsors 15 - 25 renowned speakers each year).
  • Developing your network and networking skills, not only at school, but at professional conferences and extracurricular programs.

And, after experiencing all of the above, you can rest confidently, knowing that your degree from the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College offers: 

  • A solid academic foundation 
  • Small classes headed by faculty who love to teach and offer personal attention 
  • A close network of students, faculty, staff and Catholic Benedictine monks (a distinguishing feature of a Saint Vincent College education)
  • Numerous opportunities for practical experience in business and government 
  • A lifetime of relationships which reflect a priceless investment

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McKenna School Advisory Council

The McKenna School is supported by an advisory council, which is composed of business leaders, foundation heads, prominent people in public policy, and alumni. The primary purpose of the council is to assist in strategic planning, program and curriculum review, and resource development.

Judith Bacchus,  VP and Chief Human Resource Officer - Kennametal Inc. 

Robert Bartolacci, C'86, Executive VP and CFO - Modern Group

T. William Boxx, S'92, Chairman and CEO - Philip M. McKenna Foundation

Dr. Richard V. Burkhauser, C'67, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor and Chair of Policy Analysis and Management Department - Cornell University

Amanda Cecconi, C'87, COO - Change: Healthcare, Chairperson

George N. Derhofer, C'75, Retired Executive - VF Corporation

David Gaito, Senior Vice President - Secured Lending - PNC Business Credit

Michael W. Gleba, President - Sarah Scaife Foundation

Richard B. Guskiewicz, C'54, Professor Emeritus - Saint Vincent College

Raymond Hanley, President and CEO - Federated Investors Management Company

Daniel Hennessy, Vice President Operation Integration - Latrobe Specialty Metals

Doug Kepple, C'85, Retired Executive - Credit Suisse

Luke A. Latimer, C'98, Executive Vice President/Treasurer - R&L Development Company

Christopher J. Masciantonio, C'85, General Manager, Government Affairs - United States Steel Corporation

Philip McGivney, C'93, Senior Manager - KCPMG

James Meredith, C'93, Vice President and Financial Advisor - Hefron-Tillotson, Inc.

Dr. Donald Mullineaux, C'67, DuPont Chair in Banking and Financial Services and Director of the School of Management - University of Kentucky

Michael Murray, C'84, Managing Partner - American Credit Card Processing Corp.

Gabriel B. Pellathy, C'95, Managing Director of Government Affairs - PPG Industries

David K. Roger, C'91, President and Trustee - Hillman Foundation

Hans Sack, Retired Executive

 Neal Zuzik, C'98, Director of Global Procurement - Ashland Consumer Markets