2017-18 Annual Report

Thank you for your interest in Southern Miss business programs. The theme for this report and for this next year reflects our belief that as we connect with people, we become catalysts for progress. At least, that is the evidence we hope you find in this annual report. We summarize our key steps each year as a way to track our progress for achieving our mission and toward meeting AACSB accreditation standards. 

The name of our college changed on July 1, 2018, and we are now the College of Business and Economic Development (CBE). This name change reflects the reality of our commitment to be catalysts for progress in our communities. Faculty members collaborate with the Trent Lott National Center, for example, and many others to reach out to Mississippi, the region and beyond. 

Business faculty members create distinctive experiences in collaboration with many organizations. You will find connections with NCS4 in sport security, Marriott International for hospitality and tourism, Regions Bank for our continuing education in accounting, Cintas for careers, Horne LLC in accounting, The First for our Economic Development Forums, and others that infuse learning with genuine applications that affect students and our communities. 

In this report, I hope you will also see the impact of our faculty members on scholarship, community development and student learning. This is indeed a precious place and a special time. We appreciate your support for our students and programs. Our alumni and friends add to the experiences that create opportunities for a life well-lived for our graduates. Thank you all. 

We are Southern Miss Business, and we are CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE AS CATALYSTS FOR PROGRESS. We hope you will see the evidence of this focus captured in this report and that you will join us as we continue to cultivate talent and inspire positive change. I invite you to contact me if you want to connect with one of the best business programs in the world! SMTTT!

Faye W. Gilbert, Ph.D.