2016-17 Annual Report

Cultivating Talent, Inspiring ChangeTHANK YOU for your interest in Southern Miss Business programs. We prepare this yearly summary to capture key steps of our progress. Highlights of this past year begin with the reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation in business and accounting, which places USM business programs among the best in the world. As you look through this document, I hope you see that the work of our faculty members with staff and students continues to be a hallmark of excellence in our state and region.


Cultivating Talent, Inspiring ChangeThis past year, business faculty members continued to connect and involve our students in projects for the Special Olympics, IMG, the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, Interpol, Southern Farm Bureau Insurance, Habitat for Humanity, the Gulfport Sportsplex and many other organizations. Students in International Business and Economic Development programs made a difference in the ability of Mississippi firms to export products and in the ability of our communities to grow. The Small Business Development Center helped new Cultivating Talent, Inspiring Changefirms prepare for successful operations with a $3.9 million infusion of capital for the Pine Belt. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education reached over 500 high school students across the state with a business plan competition, where the winner garnered over two million views on social media.

Business faculty members enhanced the depth and breadth of analytics used throughout the curriculum with Excel certifications, Compustat problems, work with Bloomberg, and instruction in IDEA and Tableau software. Our alumni and friends served as catalysts for our growth and offered us the margin of excellence to spur achievements.

Cultivating Talent, Inspiring ChangeOur enrollments are up, and the MBA program is ranked within the top 200 part-time MBA programs in the country, the only part-time MBA program in the state of Mississippi in the rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The MBA with an emphasis in sport security management remains the only one of its kind in the nation, and our second cohort of students is seeking internships with leading sports venues.

We are Southern Miss Business, and our values explicitly recognize that we are “Genuine, Relevant, Inclusive and Tenacious.” Hopefully, our GRIT shows in this report. Please join us as we expand our international profile and enhance our signature programs. And please contact me if you want to connect with one of the best business programs in the world! SMTTT!

Dean Faye Gilbert

Faye W. Gilbert, Ph.D.
College of Business