Dean Greene's Principles

On August 16, 1984, Dean Joseph A. Greene, Jr., Dean of the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business Administration, reflected upon his 36 years of service to the University in his farewell address. In this speech, Dean Greene outlined the following principles, which are as relevant today as they were at the time.

  1. As a teacher (carried over to administrator) I have believed the course should be relevant, taught thoroughly, and rigorously enough so that the average student should have to study to make a C and the better student would be motivated to learn.
  2. I believe no curriculum is worthwhile if it attracts primarily poor students and doesn’t have enough substance to challenge better students.
  3. I want faculty, courses, and curricula that make a student proud of the degree he got and his University where he got it. I want him [her] to go for a job or to a graduate school knowing he [she] can compete with a graduate from any other business school in the country.
  4. I have always felt that striving for rigor and excellence does not decrease enrollment in the long run, but increases it with better students and causes the average student to strive harder to succeed.


Source: Memoirs: Building of The College of Business Administration at The University of Southern Mississippi – 1949 – 1985, by Joseph A. Greene, Jr., Dean Emeritus.