NEW YORK � Sharon P. Smith, Ph.D., dean of Fordham Business Schools, was elected to the Russian Club of Economics as an honorary member on Friday, March 7, 2003. The club is a highly selective group of 300 economists, including two Nobel Prize winners. Members, who are recognized for their work in education and economic development, are elected for life terms. Few non-Russians receive this distinction. Z. Yzbekov, Ph.D., the vice president of Moscow University, presented Smith with a diploma during a short ceremony on Friday. Fordham�s Schools of Business, which date back to 1920, provide students with a dynamic combination of liberal arts and business education on the undergraduate level, while preparing students for leadership roles in the changing global environment on the graduate level. The Graduate School of Business Administration�s part-time MBA program is ranked 12th by U.S. News & World Report.