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Greetings! I am immensely pleased to welcome you to the College of Business at Frostburg State University.
This is a significant time for the institution and the College of Business, a time of transition, with changes in the leadership of the institution at various levels. Transitions, however, have a wonderful quality about them in that they provide opportunities for reflection, recalibration, and renewal. Personally, I am deeply grateful and excited to be called upon to lead the College of Business at this rare moment in time. Equally exciting are the series of events and initiatives for which the College has been actively preparing.
First, we have the imminent visit of the Peer Review Team from our accrediting body, AACSB, slated for October 4-6, 2015. This visit and the consultative value we expect to derive from the wisdom of the visiting team will no doubt serve to appraise and sharpen the blueprint for the College’s quest for continuous improvement in all facets of its operations in the years going forward.
Programmatically, we are so proud that the Hospitality Management concentration is being launched this semester – this program offers our students to benefit from the expertise of faculty in two highly-reputed partner institutions: the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore and Vanung University in Taiwan. Our international partnerships also are growing both in scale and scope with landmark joint programs in China such as the recent 2+2 program with China University of Mining and Technology that will enable students from that institution to arrive at Frostburg in Fall 2016 and earn a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting. The College is also in the process of seeking internal and external approvals for its first proposed applied doctoral offering, the Doctor of Business Administration. Speaking of firsts, I am proud to share that the College is in the process of launching its first comprehensive and systematic branding effort that is being led by a task force of outstanding faculty; this effort dovetails with the institution’s brand that was unveiled in fall 2013. The branding exercise will enable the College to encapsulate the most distinctive aspects of its educational product to the marketplace and become a source of pride-of-affiliation among all its stakeholders.
Even in this climate of transition, one aspect of the College conviction that remains immutable is its singular focus on offering the most exceptional learning environment and transformative set of experiences to its students. In such vein, our efforts to deepen a global mindset in our students continue with fervor in a multitude of ways. We are committed to preparing citizen-leaders of the future who will have the character and the capacity to meet societal expectations and make a difference in the communities they inhabit.
To the prospective student: I hope you will research the wide array of academic program offerings we have to offer and the exceptional caliber of the faculty that will be guiding your academic journey if you elect to come here. You will find an intellectually challenging environment but also one where your professors mentor you and support your efforts to meet the high standards of the classroom and reach excellence. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities that hone your leadership skills abound in the form of active student clubs, a professional fraternity and a scholastic society.
Much of success is about becoming the best representation of yourself – the College of Business will partner with you in this endeavor. I hope you will make an informed decision and choose the College of Business at Frostburg State University as your academic destination.
With best wishes for a bright future!
Dr. Sudhir Singh, Interim Dean
College of Business