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Susquehanna University’s Weis Lecturer to Examine “Good and Great” Business

March 20, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Jerry Burris, president of the precision components global business segment of Barnes Group Inc., will deliver the Sigmund Weis memorial lecture April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Burris will address the topic, “Good and Great: The Importance of Being Both a Great Company for Investors and a Good Corporate Citizen.”

Burris oversees his company’s global suppliers of precision components, which are used in transportation, communication, manufacturing and technological applications around the world. He joined Barnes Group in 2006 as president of Barnes Industrial. Prior to joining Barnes Group, he held a number of senior management positions at General Electric Company (GE), including president and chief executive of GE Advanced Materials Quartz and Ceramics. He also served as general manager of global services at GE Health Care Technologies; general manager of global sourcing at GE Industrial Systems; and product general manager for dishwashers/disposers at GE Appliances.

Burris serves on the board of directors of Pentair Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

The Sigmund Weis Memorial Lectureship in Business brings prominent individuals from business and public life to speak on matters of interest to Susquehanna University and the community. The lectureship was established in 1979 to honor the late Sigmund Weis, an honors graduate in Susquehanna’s class of 1903 who, with brother Harry Weis, class of 1900, founded Weis Pure Food Stores Inc. in 1912. The firm now operates 158 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Sigmund Weis School of Business (SWSB) was founded in 1983 and endowed with a major gift from Weis’ son-in-law, Charles Degenstein. Ten years later, the school achieved accreditation from AACSB International. The accreditation was reaffirmed in 2000, and Susquehanna University remains one of only a few private, undergraduate-only institutions that have AACSB-accredited business schools. The Sigmund Weis School offers majors in accounting, economics, information systems and business administration, supplemented by a curricular focus on information technology and international experiences, including the popular junior-year “Semester in London” program.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones

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