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Dean's Welcome:

tootoonchi 2013 Message from the Dean

I am proud to report that in Spring 2015, we welcomed Dr. Seonghee Han to our College of Business family as an Assistant Professor of Finance.

The College of Business Executive Council (CEC) voted for Mr. Terry Headlee, the Managing Editor of The Frederick Times, to be the 2015 College of Business Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Headlee is a long-time friend and advisory board member of our college, and we are truly proud to have him. 

In the first half of 2015, our faculty members have had remarkable accomplishments, as Dr. Carol Gaumer was named the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Yan Bao was the recipient of the Board of Regents award for teaching, Dr. Amit Shah was named the recipient of the FSU Outstanding Mentor Award, and Dr. Jeff McClellan received the College of Business Extra Mile Award.  

Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Sigerstad, and with support from Dr. Monahan and our Management faculty, a new Hospitality Management Concentration has been established within the Business Administration major in the Department of Management.  This new concentration will be ready for implementation in fall 2015. Students who select this concentration will have an opportunity for a six-week study abroad at Vanung University in Taiwan under the supervision of Dr. Sigerstad, Coordinator of the Hospitality Management program. This would be one more step forward in our CoB Global Experiential Learning (CoB-GEL) program.

Under the leadership of Dr. Yan Bao and the support of our Accounting faculty, along with Dr. John Bowman, colleagues from the Office of Admissions, and the Center for International Education, we are establishing a collaborative (2+2) program between the FSU College of Business and China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT).  This program will allow Chinese students to go through two years of course-work at CUMT, attend two years at FSU’s College of Business, and upon completion, earn a bachelor degree in Accounting.  If all works out, we should have the first cohort of Chinese students at FSU in fall 2016.

After China, Ecuador, and Peru, the next stop is Brazil. Our Global Experiential Learning program is in full swing, as Drs. Jeffrey McClellan, Carol Gaumer, and Michael Monahan plan to accompany a group of students to Brazil for a summer study abroad which will include academic projects as well as cultural and leadership experiences.

The AACSB Continuous Improvement Accreditation Review of our programs is scheduled for October 4-6 2015.  With tremendous contribution by our faculty, staff, students, and advisory board, we have gone through a successful preparation process in high spirit of collaboration and teamwork. We will soon submit our Fifth Year Report to the Peer Review Team for review.

We are grateful to our President, Dr. Gibralter, our Provost, Dr. Childs, the FSU community, our alumni, and our Advisory Board members for their support and for providing us with resources we need to offer our students the best possible learning experiences and opportunities.

Please visit the web site of Frostburg State University to learn more about our College of Business.

Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, Dean
College of Business