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Dean's Welcome:

tootoonchi 2013I would like to welcome you to the home-page of the College of Business at Frostburg State University where the faculty and staff are committed to providing our students with outstanding education in a dynamic and student-centered environment with an emphasis on applied as well as global experiential learning. Our commitment to a high quality education is evident in the accreditation of our business programs by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB-International is one of the most prestigious accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Less than 10 percent of colleges/schools around the world have earned this level of distinction. FSUBusiness is one of these distinguished colleges.

Our College of Business has established a sound Strategic Plan via active participation of faculty, student advisory council, and the college’s advisory board. Our advisory board members are a dedicated and committed group of professionals whose intellectual and financial contributions help our college to move forward on the right path to a brighter future.

We offer undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, Economics, and Business Administration with Concentrations in Management, Global Business, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing.

We also offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree under the leadership of our new MBA Coordinator, Dr. Catherine Ashley Cotleur. It is a fully-online program that has been ranked among the top 10 nationally by, twice in the past three years. The enrollment of our MBA program continues to grow while the faculty is making every effort to continuously enhance the quality of the program-content and delivery. Recently, our graduate faculty members participated in a day-long meeting to discuss some of the concerns and issues related to our MBA program and suggested strategies for improvement. To this end, in March 2013, four graduate faculty members participated in a seminar organized by AACSB titled “Strategies for Developing Online Courses and Programs,” and shared their experiences with the rest of the faculty at our spring 2013 College of Business meeting.

Under the leadership of Dr. Sudhir Singh, the Associate Dean of the College, our Graduate Policy Committee has initiated a process to propose a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program to be offered by the College of Business. It is our goal to enroll the first cohort of students into our DBA program in fall 2016.

During the Academic Year 2012-2013, we had four award-winning faculty members. The College of Business Extra Mile Awards went to Dr. Tony Stair for teaching, Dr. Mike Monahan for research, and Dr. Joanna Shore for service. Dr. Yan Bao was named the recipient of the FSU Faculty Achievement Award in teaching. Furthermore, Dr. Lilly Ye's article entitled “Dispelling the collective myth of Chinese consumers: a new generation of brand-conscious individualists,” which was published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing, has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner by the journal’s Editorial Team at the Emerald Group Publishing.

In fall 2012, an amazing event took place which made me feel as proud of our College of Business as I have ever been in my 24 years of service at FSU. A team of our students gathered, discussed and established a scholarship fund for their peers. They named it Student Pride Scholarship, which is the first scholarship program in the history of our college initiated and implemented by our own students.

In February, the College of Business and the Center for International Education hosted a group of faculty and students from Dongfang College in China for a three-day period. During this time, our Chinese guests were engaged in a series of educational and cultural activities with FSU students and the members of the local community. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. 

As part of the FSUBusiness Global Experiential Learning program, two different groups of faculty/staff and students traveled to China and Peru for engagement in service leadership and other academic and professional activities.

I would like to invite our alumni to stay connected with us and become an active member of our FSUBusiness team. We can certainly benefit from your advice, experience, and contribution to make continuous improvement in all aspects of our programs and activities. Please let me know if we can meet at your convenience to speak about opportunities that we can create for your active involvement in the life of our College of Business.

I invite our current and prospective students to please call or email me if I can answer any question and/or provide any assistance.

My special thanks to President Gibralter, Provost Simpson, the FSU community, FSU alumni, our Student Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board members of the College of Business for their continued support and for enabling us  to make a difference in the lives of our students.


Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi

Dean of the College of Business