Mark Abramovic Honored with Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award

by Public Relations | Nov 21, 2016

Nov. 21, 2016

Br. Norman W. Hipps O.S.B. A. Mark Abramovic Dr. John Smetanka

A. Mark Abramovic
, instructor of finance in the Saint Vincent College Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, and founder and director of the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program, was presented with the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation in the Basilica on Nov. 17 in recognition of his excellence in teaching, dedicated service to students and his commitment to the Benedictine values of Saint Vincent College.

The Thoburn Award is made possible by a gift from the late Thomas W. Thoburn Jr. and Tina Thoburn, D.Ed., Ligonier educators and philanthropists.

Nominations for this award are made by Saint Vincent College alumni five to seven years after graduation. Alumni are invited to name one member of the faculty who has made a significant impact on them through their teaching and personal interactions. Thirty-one different faculty received a total of 70 nominations this year. “This provides a clear indication of the long-lasting impact that our faculty have on our students,” commented Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, who made the presentation.

Abramovic earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

He served as a senior level business executive for more than 20 years, specializing in finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, business development, information technology and operations. He has served in leadership positions as vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer for New York Stock Exchange listed companies in the energy sector.

“We are truly blessed that Professor Abramovic chooses to share his experience and expertise with the students of Saint Vincent College,” commented Smetanka. “This blessing is recognized by his students past and present. Here is a reflection that a recent graduate shared: ‘Professor Abramovic is an outstanding teacher because of his use of real world examples. He reaches out to alumni after graduation. He is always available and does a lot for the entire Saint Vincent Community.’ Another of Professor Abramovic’s former students wrote: ‘He gives a true take on the material and provides insight that allows students to understand and then apply theoretical concepts in actual situations.’ Finally, a current student recently shared: ‘Professor Abramovic’s ability to communicate his experiences regarding the interaction of traditional accounting, corporate leadership and lean management are priceless. Discussions in his courses were fun and thought-provoking which enhanced learning and ignited my interest’.”

He has taught finance and entrepreneurship courses at Saint Vincent since 2004. In addition, he has played a leading role in developing a minor in entrepreneurship studies.

Abramovic was previously honored in 2008 with the Acton Foundation’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award recognizing him as an outstanding teacher who inspired students to become principled entrepreneurs.

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Photo: Mark Abramovic of Greensburg, center, instructor of finance in the Saint Vincent College Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, and founder and director of the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program, was presented with the Thoburn Excellence in Teaching Award at the Saint Vincent College Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on Nov. 17 in the Basilica by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, left, and Dr. John Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, right. The award recognizes his excellence in teaching, dedicated service to students and his commitment to the Benedictine values of Saint Vincent College.

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