Nicolais School Mission Vision and Values
We Build Human Capacity for Leadership in a Global World
The mission of the Nicolais School of Business is to educate and empower motivated students to be ethical leaders, savvy decision makers, able communicators, and productive team members who are fully able to enter careers within a global, diverse and challenging environment.
Our Mission is Delivered Through These Avenues of Achievement:
A Nicolais Business education is characterized by deep levels of student engagement, a theory to practice curriculum, faculty dedication to teaching and practice oriented research, and high levels of student support.
The School delivers a practically-focused global education with a theory-to-practice orientation. The emphasis is on high impact, applied learning with an experiential focus. School faculty views high quality instruction as their foremost motivation. Students graduate with the disciplinary skills, communication abilities, contextual awareness, work ethic and the experiences which enable them to contribute immediately and meaningfully to their organizations.
School faculty follow a teacher/scholar model of professional development. With an emphasis on student success, faculty contribute to their academic disciplines through research that will inform business practice, provide intellectual curiosity and growth, curricular innovation and rigorous instruction.
The School seeks to have a broad and positive impact on the College, and the communities that it serves. This is accomplished through exemplary service to the College, and deep engagement with the professional practice communities. Outreach occurs through the delivery of service and experiential learning opportunities as well as the entrepreneurial activities of faculty, staff and students.
Vision: Within Five Years We Will Be Known As …
A nationally recognized leader and destination for motivated students who want a career ready education which develops them into thought leaders who can transform their organizations — from the very hub of global business.
Values: The Nicolais School Mission and Vision are supported by these values
- We value students as learners and their success in all its forms
- We value the engagement of stakeholders and the rich experiences they offer
- We value and support faculty excellence in all areas
- We value respect, a collegial relationships and professional conduct
- We value global awareness and diversity
- We value the qualities of kindness, empathy and the ability to communicate these
- We value and promote ethical behavior and the principles of integrity.
- Home to the nationally award winning “Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts” which successfully blends a liberal arts education with distinctive professional programs
- Residential college located in New York City on a 105-acre scenic campus, and with readily accessible robust alumni and professional networks
- Educational focus on a pragmatic education through experiential learning, community service and internships, right from the first semester
- Undergraduate and graduate education delivered through a student centric lens in a small class setting
- An endowed and named School of Business
- A campus culture which actively supports interdisciplinary cooperation that promotes critical thinking, lifelong learning, deep communication skills, and sensitivity to multicultural and diversity issues and cooperation.
- ACBSP accredited.
Nicolais School of Business
The faculty and staff of the Nicolais School of Business are guided and inspired by our mission to:
…..educate and empower motivated students to be ethical leaders, savvy decision makers, able communicators, and productive team members who are fully able to enter careers within a global, diverse and challenging environment.
The education of our students is a task that we take very seriously as we empathize high impact, applied learning with an experiential focus. School faculty view exemplary instruction and their students’ success as their foremost motivation. Our students graduate with the disciplinary skills, communication abilities, contextual awareness, work ethic and the experiences which enable them to contribute immediately and meaningfully to their organizations. We are able to offer a career-ready education right here in New York City – the very hub of global business.
We value all students as learners and champion their success in all aspects of their educations. The focus of a Nicolais School education is on a perfect blend of business theory with just the right amount of practical knowledge, intense training through internships and experiential learning to equip graduates with the business acumen and savvy for immediate professional placement and the lifelong learning skills to be successful over the arc of a career.
The Nicolais School provides students with unparalleled access to an outstanding teaching faculty, career training and placement and a number of real-world business experiences – all in New York City the hub of global business.
In November 2016, Wagner College named the Nicolais School of Business to honor two stalwart supporters of business education, the late Michael A. Nicolais ’49 H’14 and his wife, Margaret Christie Nicolais ’49 H’14.
Mike was born on Staten Island on May 30, 1925, and spent his entire youth there. He served for 33 months in the U.S Army infantry during World War II and returned home before he turned 21 years old. He fought on the German front line, including in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Upon returning from serving his country, he attended Wagner College, earning a B.S. degree in accounting, magna cum laude, in three years.
During that time, he also met Margaret Christie, a fellow business student. They married on June 7, 1953. (Read more about Mike and Margaret’s time at Wagner).
Shortly after graduating, he joined the Clark Estates, a renowned family office, where he worked for the next 42 years, serving for the last 23 years as its president. He was an excellent value investor who also, from time to time, would dip his toe into the world of venture capital. He was well known on Wall Street and served on many public and private company boards of directors.
During this time, and as part of his relationship with the Clark family, he served for many years as a director of the Baseball Hall of Fame and of the Fenimore House, a museum dedicated to James Fenimore Cooper, the great American writer. Upon “retiring” from the Clark Estates at the age of 65, he immediately launched his second career as a money manager, including working with and for Phil Carret, one of Wall Street’s legendary investors, and at Wall Street Access until his death.
One of the great loves of Mike’s life was his alma mater, Wagner College. He served on the Wagner College Board of Trustees and was a major College benefactor along with his wife, Margaret. In recognition of the time and financial resources Mike and Margaret devoted to Wagner, they were each awarded honorary doctorate degrees in 2014. Also, the president’s home at Wagner is named Nicolais House in their honor.
Mike Nicolais died on November 7, 2016. “His life is a testament to the very best of what America represents in its finest moments: high achievement, self-reliance and civic responsibility, all framed around foundational values of honor, duty, and the highest of ethical standards,” said President Richard Guarasci. Mike and Margaret’s daughter, Joan Nicolais, now serves as a Wagner trustee.