(SAVANNAH, GA) The AACSB accredited College of Business Administration at Savannah State University introduces a new series of lectures, “Executive Exchange.” The series begins in April and is open to both students and members of the community. The first lecture will take place Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. in the Torian Auditorium in the Jordan Business Building at the SSU campus.

The premiere lecture of the series features two national business executives, Mr. James Scavo of Weinstock & Scavo, P.C. law firm and Mr. Jack Shafer, former CEO for Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin’ Robbins and TOGO’s. Both Mr. Scavo and Mr. Shafer have been integral players in the business community on local, national, and international levels.

“This first lecture in the series will provide the students with exposure to real world business experiences,” says Dr. Mostafa Sarhan, Professor and Dean of the College of Business Administration. “Additionally, this lecture will provide an opportunity for Savannah and surrounding communities to learn more about the college and its role in the area.”

Mr. Scavo is a named partner at Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., a fifty-plus attorney law firm located in Atlanta and Savannah. His firm conducts general civil practice and representation of clients throughout Georgia and the United States. Mr. Scavo and his firm are involved in business transactions that range from clients commencing start up businesses to sophisticated business transactions involving established enterprises. The firm is also extensively involved in litigation and trial work throughout the United States and is well known for its trial successes.

Mr. Scavo was admitted to the state bars of Georgia and California in 1976. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1973 and St. John’s University School of Law in 1976. At St. John’s, he was a member and editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is a past chairman of the Atlanta Bar Real Estate Section and currently writes the Sunday “Ask the Attorney” column for the Savannah Morning News.

Mr. Scavo is considered to be a nationally sought after speaker and has been significantly involved in writing articles and presenting legal seminars through Continuing Legal Education programs and industry trade organizations across the country.

John (Jack) Daniel Shafer, Jr. spent his entire career of 31 years with Dunkin’ Donuts and Allied Domecq, the umbrella company which acquired Dunkin’ Donuts. Mr. Shafer started as a district manager in Western Michigan and retired as the national and international CEO for Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin’ Robbins and TOGO’s.

Mr. Shafer graduated from Colgate University in 1966 with a major in psychology and received his masters from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing. Following his collegiate career, he joined the Army and was a Personnel Psychologist and Mental Testing Officer at the Armed Forces Entrance and Examining Station, among many other positions and extensive training. Mr. Shafer has been on numerous boards such as the Allied Retailing USA and International Boards and was a member of the Executive Committee of Allied Domecq.

Mr. Shafer currently serves as president and owner of Night Hawk Consulting, which specializes in food service and franchise consulting. He currently resides in Duxbury, Mass. and Richmond Hill, Ga., and is a member of the Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, serving on Ford’s five-person management committee.

The topics covered throughout the lecture series will range from ethics, leadership, and lessons learned from real world experiences, among a variety of other business related issues.

The College of Business Administration at Savannah State University is dedicated to delivering quality undergraduate and graduate business education programs to a diverse student population. Out of more than 5,000 business schools around the world, the COBA is one of 554 accredited schools by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Through innovative instruction, mentoring, applied research, and community involvement, the College will fully develop business graduates who can compete effectively in the public and private sectors. The College of Business Administration received the prestigious AACSB accreditation in 2005.

For more information about the lecture series or the College of Business Administration, please visit or contact Ms. Yakima Buckner at (912) 356-2335.

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