A Conversation with Zarb’s Dean Socci

Meet the People of Zarb: Dean Patrick J. Socci

[Note: This is one in a series of posts to highlight the people who contribute to making the Zarb School of Business a special place.]

Here is our Q&A with Dean Socci.

  • What overall message would you like to convey to the Zarb School of Business community?

The ZSOB is a vibrant academic community truly committed to students’ personal and professional achievement. We cultivate our students not only academically but personally by offering opportunities to advance communications and presentation skills. Our students are hard working and do not have any sense of entitlement. I hear from employers all the time that they are impressed with our students in internships and full-time jobs; and they will continue to recruit from our ranks.

Our alumni are a gift! They support the school, not only financially, but with their time and skills. They conduct resume critiques and mock interviews while also giving us internship and job opportunities.

The faculty really cares. I see them spending many, many hours outside the classroom coaching and nurturing the students. It is a great family.

  • What are you most proud of about the Zarb School and why?

I am very proud of all the activities within the school. Students can have fun, learn, and develop their leadership styles in any of the many activities that are offered.

  • What do you see ahead for the Zarb School?

I see continued advances in the curriculum and greater diversity in the student body. In addition, we are offering a wide array of exchange programs with foreign universities in France, Germany, Spain, and England.

We even have the University of Science and Technology of China, a top 10 university of China, bringing their EMBA students to visit Hofstra in August. Last year, the China European International School of Business (CEIBS), ranked 7th by the Financial Times,  did the same.

  • You have had a career in both business and academia. Could you tell us about your career highlights.

Being part of the growth of TCG (Teleport Communications Group) was exciting. Going from $33 million in revenue to $1.2 billion in nine years was a daunting task. Going public was another great experience and then merging with AT&T in a $12 billion buyout was even more exciting.

During that time, I was responsible for all hardware, software, and networking. The computing paradigm went from mainframe computers to departmental commuters and eventually to client server technology with relational and object oriented data bases. I was also charged with process engineering and implementation to move from the “silo” organizations to integrated work flows transversing multiple teams. It was a blast!

  • Why did you decide to become a dean? 

I had been a senior-level leader for over twenty years and that never left my DNA. I thought that I had something of value to offer and I knew I would learn a lot from students and faculty. Put that all into the mix and it is a great experience!

  •  What is something that most people do not know about you?

Of course, everyone knows me as a conservative guy. Yes, I dig Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, etc. BUT I also like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones, whom I met back in 1989.

  • Any final thoughts?

It is great to be at Hofstra. The faculty and students continue to grow their interests and personalities. That is exciting to be around. It forces me to grow learn and most important of all – LISTEN!


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