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Dean's Welcome:

tootoonchi 2013 Message from the Dean

One of the most amazing phenomena of the 21st century has been the fast-paced movement of education and economy towards globalization. People from various parts of the world have increasingly enhanced their capabilities to connect, interact, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. My recent trip to China, which resulted in an outstanding learning experience for me, is a good example of this growing phenomenon.

China is a beautiful country with rich history, amazing culture, amazing hospitality, and amazing people. I was invited by Hunan University of Commerce (HUC) and the Central South University of Forestry and Technology (CSUFT) to make leadership presentations and work with faculty, staff, and students to develop research agendas and enhance their publication capabilities. I made 12 presentations and participated in several meetings. I have enjoyed every activity and interaction I have had with the Chinese students, faculty, and staff. However, two of my most joyful experiences included: 1) my interactions with children during a presentation I made about the history and importance of Thanksgiving Holiday for a group of first graders at an elementary school in Changsha, and 2) when a group of students, faculty, and staff from HUC and CSUFT gathered on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the Holiday with me, because they knew it was my first Thanksgiving away from my family. They cooked, sang, danced, and presented me with gifts just to make me feel at home. I was truly overwhelmed by their immeasurable caring and kindness.

I am also proud to report that in fall 2014, we welcomed three new faculty members to our College of Business family, as Dr. Rebecca Chory, Dr. Kenneth Levitt, and Dr. Dong-Wook Huh joined the Department of Management.

Our faculty, staff, and students have been working hard to prepare for our next AACSB Continuous Improvement Accreditation Review in October 2015. I am so grateful to every one of them for their extraordinary efforts in reviewing and revising our College of Business’ strategic plan, faculty qualification standards, code of ethics, and student code of conduct in order to ensure consistency with 2013 AACSB standards. Our college’s Process Manual, which includes the four aforementioned documents and much more, was ratified by our faculty at a CoB meeting on November 7, 2014.

After a review of more than 500 colleges, the Affordable Colleges Foundation ranked our MBA number 25 in its list of 68 of the nation’s Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-2015. The ranking was based on an analysis of several factors including cost, quality, and student support-related metrics, such as student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty with doctorates, number of online MBA options, number of MBAs conferred and full tuition of the online MBA program. We have achieved this under the leadership of our MBA coordinator, Dr. Cathy Ashley-Cotleur, a strong collaborative relationship between our college and the Director of Graduate Services, Ms. Vickie Mazer, and the hard work and dedication of our highly qualified faculty.

As part of our college’s Global Experiential Learning program, in May-June 2014, Drs. Jeffrey McClellan and David Kiriazis accompanied a group of students to Ecuador, and Drs. Sudhir Singh, Susanne McCoskey, and Shakil Rahman took another group of students to China for leadership experiences and summer study abroad projects. Our Global Experiential Learning Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Jeff McClellan, has developed a Study Abroad program for our students, which includes a trip to Brazil in spring 2015.

I am also proud to report that an agreement has been signed between Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that allows our College of Business and the School of Business and Technology at the UMES to collaborate on offering our students a Hospitality Management Concentration under the Business Administration degree. Upon final approval, this concentration will be offered in the department of management, and coordinated by Dr. Tom Sigerstad to provide our faculty and students with more Global Experiential Learning opportunities in Taiwan.

We, at the College of Business, understand that our commitment to continuous improvement could not be possible without the support of our President, Dr. Gibralter; our Provost, Dr. Childs, the FSU community, our alumni, and our Advisory Board members. We truly appreciate their support and the opportunities we are given to make a positive impact on the lives of our stakeholders.

Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, Dean
College of Business