What we have done so far
The 1st black MBA student graduated in 1970.
It is estimated in the past five decades that 1,000 black MBAs graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Black graduates who convened at the 2010 Pitt Homecoming called by black graduates of the Class of 1972 founded the organization declaring its name “Pitt Black MBA Network” also known as “PBAN.”
The PBAN Scholarship Fund was established in 2011.
PBAN’s first set of elected officers and board members were installed during Black History Month in 2012 at its first board meeting at the KGSB.
Dean John Delaney nominated PBAN for the Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Diversity.
In 2011, PBAN takes a seat in the Business School’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
In 2011, PBAN takes a seat in the Pitt African-American Affinity Council Board of Directors.
In 2011, KGSB acts on advice given by PBAN to modify the school week which coincides with the annual NBMBAA Conference to send students to the NBMBAA Career Fair where PBAN members assist students in interview preparation, case competition preparation, and in making connections with other successful black professional colleagues in attendance. This change has dramatically improved the quality of internships and job placements offered to all KGSB students.
In 2012, PBAN was recognized by the former City Council President Bill Peduto (now Mayor of Pittsburgh).
In 2012, PBAN awards its fund’s first scholarship to a Pitt MD/MBA student.
In 2012, the PBAN 5-Chapter Scholarship Initiative is birthed to recruit top-quality African-American MBA applicants for the KGSB Full-time program through select NBMBAA Chapters.
In 2013, the first accepted student recruited through the Initiative is from Dallas.
In 2013, women double-Pitt degree holders succeed to the offices of PBAN president and Chairman, and Vice President of Administration. Tricina Cash was unanimously elected to become PBAN president and Board Chairman in 2014.
In 2013, PBAN elects three young alumni to its board of directors.
In 2013, the University of Pittsburgh bestows the 225 Award to PBAN founding member, Wes Coleman.
In 2014, PBAN begins formalization of its mentorship program.
In 2014, PBAN begins efforts to strategically align with corporate partners.
In 2014, PBAN appoints its first senior-executive level member to the Advisory Committee.
In 2014, PBAN recruitment efforts double the school’s previous year black MBA matriculates.
In 2013, the Business School Alumni Association selects PBAN founding President and Chairman, Gloster Current, Jr., to receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
In 2014, the Business School Alumni Association selects Her Excellency Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba as its inaugural recipient of its International Distinguished Service Award for year 2015.
In 2015, PBAN participates in the selection process for the new dean of the School of Business/KGSB.
In 2015 for a second time, Tricina Cash was unanimously re-elected to become PBAN president and Board Chairman with a second term starting in 2016.
In 2016, School of Business Dean Arjang Assad selects PBAN founder officer, Board Chair and President Tricina Cash to receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.
In 2017, PBAN achieves its third, consecutive year of meeting 100% of its recruitment goal.
In 2017, PBAN creates the President-Elect role and combine it to the Vice President of Administration position.
In 2017, Denise Hughey is elected PBAN President and Board Chairman for 2018 through 2019.
In 2017, Brandon Spires is elected PBAN Vice President of Administration for 2018 through 2019 and the inaugural President-Elect.