On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Richards College of Business. We believe in and live our mission every day: We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and activities!
This is an exciting time for the College, with new programs, partners, and even greater possibilities for the future. We recently celebrated 30 years of business accreditation by AACSB International, a recognition held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide, and 15 years of separate AACSB accreditation for our accounting programs, held by fewer than three percent worldwide. Accreditation is not our goal — it is the result of excellence in programs, highly qualified and productive faculty, and staff that go above and beyond to make the Richards College outstanding in every way.
During 2013-14, our lecture series reached over 1,000 students and community members, we had record engagement in international programs, and we developed a distance option in the mentor program to allow for electronic mentorships. Additionally, we expanded the number of certificate programs available to our students, implemented a new faculty exchange program with France Business School, developed a new brown bag series to facilitate cross-disciplinary research among faculty, and dramatically increased our outreach to build awareness of our programs and successes.
One program we are most proud of is the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program. The only one of its kind in the United States, the program allows students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years, along with a certificate in sustainability and first-hand experience working side by side with Southwire executives. Other recent achievements include:
Faye S. McIntyre, Ph.D.
Dean and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise