Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business Launches New Programs Matching Student Interest and Employer Demands

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Alternative investments and sports business specializations led by industry experts prepare undergraduates for job market.

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Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business announced today the launch of two new specializations for undergraduates, in Alternative Investments and Sports Business, designed to match student skills and training with the demands of local employers and meet student interests. The new programs highlight the University’s commitment to responding to industry developments and addressing student employability after graduation. Fordham professors leading the programs are experts in their respective fields and are available for media commentary.

Alternative Investments Specialization
Professor Kevin R. Mirabile, a former hedge fund and asset management executive, created and leads this new undergraduate specialization. New York City has the largest concentration of private equity, hedge funds, real estate and other alternative investment managers in the world. Employers in this space are under fee and profit pressure and increasingly turn to undergraduate resources to grow their businesses for the long term. Well trained students with Bloomberg, Excel, PowerPoint communication and business skills are in demand. Required coursework includes private equity, venture capital, real estate investment management, commodities, hedge fund investing and hard assets. Additionally, Fordham has a student run Alternative Investments Club, a news letter and an advanced class in alternatives.

Before joining the Fordham faculty, Professor Mirabile was an executive at Morgan Stanley, Daiwa Securities and Barclays Capital. He was also chief operating officer and senior partner at Larch Lane Advisors, an asset-management firm. He has lectured widely on hedge funds, liquidity and counterparty credit risk. He authored “Hedge Fund Investing: A Practical Approach to Understanding Investor Motivation, Manager Profits and Fund Performance.” For more information please visit:

Sports Specialization
Professor Mark Conrad, J.D. Associate Professor of Law & Ethics, created Fordham’s new sports specialization to provide students first-hand knowledge of the business of professional and amateur sports. From learning the latest in sports marketing, to cutting-edge issues in sports communications and media, to legal and financial issues, the specialization offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about this evolving and exciting field, while earning their undergraduate business degrees.

Professor Conrad joined the Fordham faculty in 1987 and, in addition to teaching sports law at Gabelli, he has also taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law at Fordham and other prominent academic institutions. His work has appeared in academic, legal and general circulation publications. His most recent book, “The Business of Sports – A Primer for Journalists” (Routledge 2011) has been cited in leading journals. Professor Conrad is a frequent media commentator and has participated in numerous panels and symposia. Professor Conrad is also a director at the Sport and Recreation Law Association, a leading academic organization.

Fordham Professors Francis Petit (Marketing) and John Fortunato (Communications) are also participating in the program that supplies students with the knowledge they need (under the high-quality Gabelli Business Program) to succeed in the sports business world. To graduate with the specialization, students must complete courses in sports marketing, the business of sports media and sports law while also participating in an internship or presenting at a sports-related academic conference. For more information on the Sports Specialization, please visit:


About Fordham University
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

About The Gabelli School of Business
The Gabelli School of Business is one of the top business schools in the nation as rated by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Gabelli students have access to world class facilities, internship opportunities with fortune 500 companies, a professional development program to guide students and some of the most unique specializations in the country. Fordham also recently launched the Fordham Foundry, a small business incubator and collaborative space where Fordham students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff, as well as other Bronx residents, can launch ventures and access city support for entrepreneurs.

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