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Business School is Booming

Manning School Adds Students, Faculty

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Enrollment at the Manning School of Business has jumped 12. 5 percent this year, led by a surge in the MBA program.

By Jill Gambon

There are lots of new faces at the Manning School of Business this semester – both students and faculty.

Overall enrollment is up 12.5 percent, with the number of graduate students rising by 41 percent. Enrollment in the MBA program alone climbed to 520 students, a 60.5 percent jump over last year.
The growth comes after the launch of several new programs, including the school’s first Ph.D. program, a master’s degree in accounting and a new MBA program being offered in Japan. To accommodate the swelling number of students, six new faculty members have come on board, bringing deep scholarly and research expertise, excellent teaching skills and broad professional experience.
“This has to be the most exciting semester start-up I've experienced,” says Dean Kathryn Carter.  “We added several excellent faculty members; we successfully launched the new master’s in accounting; we admitted our first Ph.D. student and we have a tremendous growth in MBA admissions - including a large number of highly qualified international students.”

“What’s more, the quality of our undergraduates continues to climb, our second formal cohort of co-op students is in place and study abroad and honors opportunities are expanding,” Carter adds.
In addition to the new programs, faculty and administrators are planning for a new state-of-the-art home for the growing business school. It will be called the Pulichino Tong Business Building in honor of John Pulichino ’67 and Joy Tong, who created the $4 million Pulichino/Tong Family Foundation scholarship fund for MSB students.

New Faculty Have Broad Research, Professional Experience

New faculty members have been added in all academic departments this semester. Joining the Accounting faculty is Asst. Prof. SangHyun Suh, who most recently was an assistant professor at Tennessee State University. 

The Operations and Information Systems department has hired visiting lecturer Joshua B. Levy and Asst. Prof. Juheng (Julie) Zhang.  New arrivals in the Management Department include Asst. Prof. Cory Cromer (marketing), Assoc. Prof. Kimberly Merriman (management) and Asst. Prof. Hieu Phan (finance).
“This represents an unprecedented level of hiring,” says Frank Andrews, MSB associate dean.

In addition to the new academic programs, there are a growing number of opportunities for MSB students to get professional experience while they earn their degrees through the University’s professional cooperative education program. Co-op participants work full-time for three to six months in finance, accounting or other businesses to get hands-on experience, apply the principles learned in their course work and bring their professional experience back to the classroom.