An advisory committee oversees the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals to:

  • Review applications to the certificate program,
  • Administer the certificate program to ensure that all certificate requirements are met,
  • Review student requests to enroll in an elective course not included in the certificate course listing, and
  • Administer certificate program evaluation and implement certificate changes as needed.

For more information, contact the advisory committee at

The advisory committee is chaired by Dr. Leah Townsend, Director of Graduate School Professional Programs. Other current advisory committee members are:

Patrick Brandt, PhD

Director, Career Development and Training, Office of Graduate Education, School of Medicine
Co-PI, UNC-Chapel Hill BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) program

Chad Bryant, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of History

Patrick Brennwald, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology
PI, UNC-Chapel Hill BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) program

Philip Hollingsworth, PhD

Coordinator for Faculty Programs; Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Michael Jarstfer, PhD

Associate Professor, Eshelman School of Pharmacy                                                                  Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies


Beka Layton, PhD

Director, Training Initiatives in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Don Rose, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, NC TraCS Institute; Director, UNC KickStart Venture Services; Office of Commercialization and Economic Development

Brian Rybarczyk, PhD

Director, Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development, The Graduate School

Patricia Sawin, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
Adjunct faculty, Department of Anthropology


Robyn Schroeder, PhD

Director, Humanities for the Public Good Initiative
College of the Arts & Sciences