Dr. Thomas P. Verney, professor of international management in the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg, University is the recipient of Fulbright Scholarship award to Wroclaw, Poland.

The federal Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership and have the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Approximately 1200 U.S. scholars receive Fulbright awards annually. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Verney joined Shippensburg in 1977 and is retiring June 29. During his tenure, he served in numerous roles such as department chair, MBA director and acting associate dean of the college. He will teach international human resource management at the Wroclaw University of Economics. He will also collaborate with his Polish colleagues on various student learning issues such as online learning, study abroad programs and internship programs.

According to Verney, “the most common question I receive when people hear that I was awarded a Fulbright to Poland is, of all places, why Poland? My standard answer is that aside from the fact that my paternal grandparents immigrated from Poland (and my maternal grandparents from Slovakia) and that I was very involved in establishing a student exchange program with Wroclaw University of Economics, the simple fact is that Poland is a beautiful country with an amazing history, rich tradition, and an extremely warm and friendly people. From the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, which is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world and home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa (Black Madonna),to the salt mines of Wieliczka to the death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, Poland’s cultural history is indeed unique.”