Vernis Welmon

Clinical Professor Emeritus of International Busin
Department: Risk Management
Office: Business Building
Phone: 814-863-1228
Fax: 814-865-6284


Dr. Welmon has been key in developing ethnic diversity in the MBA Program. So key, in fact, that in 1999 Smeal College alumnus Harvey Kimmel ('64 Bus) and his wife, Virginia, pledged $100,000 for endowment in Dr. Welmon's name. The programs of recruitment, retention, and alumni relations that he has led have benefited hundreds of minority MBAs-and contributed to Smeal's national reputation for leadership in these efforts. He also has undertaken similar work as part of University-wide committees. Aside from being a popular teacher of international business, Dr. Welmon has been honored for his outstanding student advising. He was recently an advisor to Phi Chi Theta. He is currently advisor to the Minority MBA Association and serves on committees dealing with international students, scholars, and diversity issues. He is also a consultant for the Tertiary Education Linkage Project in South Africa. Dr. Welmon played a major role on the Smeal College team that designed and carried out the University of the West Indies/Penn State Management Education Project. Through that project, Smeal assisted in a major revamping of business education at the Jamaica-based school.