The YSU chapter earned the recognition based on the high acceptance rate of invitees. Only the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors and the top 20 percent of the MBA students are invited to join. During 2014-15, the YSU BGS Chapter inducted 52 new members. The YSU chapter was among only 53 chapters throughout the world to receive the Highest Honors recognition. Schools with Highest Honors receive one scholarship to send a student member to the Global Leadership Summit in Orlando, Fla., and are eligible to apply for Outstanding Chapter recognition.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration received initial accreditation from AACSB in April 2000. Only 6 percent of business schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation. The BGS chapter at Youngstown State University was installed on June 11, 2000.
Student officers of the chapter are President Jon Hutnyan of Canfield, Vice President of Programming Bryan Schiraldi of Lowellville, Vice President of Membership/PR Kayla Cerimele of Canfield, and Vice President of Alumni Relations Leah Finnerty of Poland. Dr. William G. Vendemia serves as the chapter advisor. In addition, WCBA Dean Betty Jo Licata is the chair of the international Board of Governors of BGS, which have more than 500 collegiate chapters in all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.