2014-15 Annual Report

Letter from the Dean

Dr. Faye GilbertOn behalf of the faculty, staff and students in the College of Business at Southern Miss, I thank you for your engagement with our programs and people. As you review the accomplishments for 2014-15 in this report, I hope you feel the energy and strength of our enterprise.

Members of the Southern Miss Business "family" have taken gold two years in a row for top scores on the CPA in the state of Mississippi and earned the prestigious Swayze Award in Finance. In this past year alone, we have partnered with NCS4 to offer our MBA with an emphasis in sport security as the only one in the nation, launched a Small Business Development Center, and added online options for the MBA and general business degrees. Our SBDC had a $1 million dollar impact on capital infusion in our region, and the MBA has doubled in size with its delivery options in Hattiesburg, Long Beach and online. Our partnership with NCS4 has us working with some of the top sporting venues in the country. We are also requiring a course in Excel and reaching for certifications for all business majors before graduation.

Scianna HallWe are redefining business success for our region with faculty outreach to nonprofits and supporting our students as they reach for national and international connections for their careers. Southern Miss Business, as this evidence shows, is delivering on an implied promise to engage, adapt and inspire others with our integrity intact.

Thank you for connecting with us and for taking a moment to read about the amazing accomplishments of our faculty and students this past year. I invite you to engage with us and to visit our new academic home, Scianna Hall. While the focus of this report is last year, we are currently enjoying the benefits of one of the most technologically advanced academic buildings in the country. Next year’s report will showcase how we are using this amazing space in Scianna Hall to continue to lead our region….and beyond.

Faye W. Gilbert, PhD
Dean, College of Business

Scianna Hall Ribbon Cutting