New chair and two executives appointed to UB School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council

Release Date: July 6, 2022


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thomas M. Barney Jr., MBA ’00, senior vice president and treasurer, Delaware North, has been named chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) in the University at Buffalo School of Management.

Barney succeeds Gregg Fisher, BS ’92, founder and portfolio manager, Quent Capital LLC, who just completed a two-year term as chair, and will remain on the DAC.

In addition, two executives have recently accepted invitations to serve on the council: Ron C. Hamilton, BS ’94, MBA ’94, senior vice president, Swiss Re in New York, N.Y., and Laura Shen, MBA ’04, vice president, Volkswagen (China) Investment Co. Ltd., and managing director, Volkswagen (China) Group Import Co. Ltd. in Beijing, China.

The DAC assists the dean and school by providing external perspective, advocacy and financial support for the school’s programs and strategic priorities.

Members are identified from positions of leadership within their industries and are selected based on exceptional ability to achieve one or more of the council expectations. Prospective members may be nominated by current members of the council or by members of the faculty or staff with final approval by the dean. Members serve three-year (renewable) terms.

In total, 30 School of Management alumni and leaders make up the current DAC. To see the full list of members, visit

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

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