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The School of Business at Southern integrates faith and business to prepare students for productive careers.
- Southern Adventist University’s School of Business provides a broad background knowledge of the free enterprise system within a framework of moral and ethical guidelines.
- Programs are fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). You can view the Annual Report detailing student learning and achievement in the business programs as well as the outcomes assessment plan.
- Southern strives to train Christ-centered leaders who are globally focused while caring about their communities and workplace.
- The long term care administration program is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators.
- Study tours to China, Kenya, and New York City, along with the on-campus Marketing Research Institute, help integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills in real-world settings.
- Business graduates score above national and state averages for accounting and other certification exams and tests.
Students in Action
- Southern's enactus team (Entrepreneurial Action by Us) team gives students the opportunity to learn real business principles outside of a school setting, gaining valuable experience for resumés.
- Approximately 75 returning business majors have received the School of Business GPA scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
- By sponsoring activities and providing service opportunities to students, the Business Society gives students a social environment to improve their networking skills while making a difference in the community. Sub-groups hold special functions that focus on entrepreneurship, non-profit, finance, international business, management, marketing, and community service.
- The Long Term Care Club raises awareness on campus and in the surrounding community about Southern’s Long Term Care degree by sponsoring activities and providing service opportunities to students.
- A New York City study tour is offered during the Thanksgiving holiday each year.
- International tours are offered each summer for students to study business and commerce in another country. Trips alternate between China, where students experience the business and culture of a rapidly developing economy, and Kenya, where they study international development.
- Meet the Firms, an on-campus job fair, is held twice a year.
- Many business majors continue their studies for a fifth year to obtain an M.B.A. degree.
Marks of Distinction
- Many businesses contact School of Business professors and staff when looking for graduates to hire.
- Southern's enactus team has won multiple Regional Championships (held in Atlanta) and progressed to the National Competition.
- Southern was the first university in the United States to offer a long term care major.
School of Business alumni have:
- Become successful investors, land developers, and entrepreneurs
- Returned home to help run family businesses
- Attended law school
- Worked for Adventist Health System in accounting, marketing, and management departments
- Worked for conferences across the United States in various business-related positions
- Been hired as administrators of health care facilities and quickly advanced to higher responsibilities
- Worked in the marketing department of Review & Herald Publishing Association
- Become successful certified public accountants
- Served overseas in various capacities
- Mark Hyder Dean
- Michael CafferkyProfessor
- Richard EricksonAssociate Professor
- H. Robert Gadd, C.P.A.Professor
- Julie C. Hyde, CPAProfessor
- Robert Montague, CPAProfessor
- Braam OberholsterAssociate Professor
- Cliff OlsonProfessor
- Verlyne StarrAssociate Professor
- Dennis F. Steele, Jr., CPAProfessor
- Leon WeeksAssistant Professor
- Jon WentworthAssociate Professor
“ The professors’ passion
for business, teaching,
and excellence has
challenged me to be a
better student, and
a better Christian.
Classrooms and Labs
The School of Business is located on the third floor of Brock Hall. Large classrooms
and seminar rooms facilitate a variety of learning opportunities from traditional
classes to group projects. A computer lab is available for student use. Accounting
and finance tutors are also available in the computer lab.
Careers in Business
Jobs are widely available in the following fields:
- Health care management
Specific types of jobs available to business majors include:
- Advertising executive
- Business credit/loan administrator
- City manager
- Convention organizer
- Employment agency counselor
- Hospital administrator
- Human resource manager or administrator
- Insurance agent/broker
- Literary agent
- Long term care administrator (with fast track to management)
- Production manager
- Public relations specialist
- Sports agent
- Urban planner
Mark Hyder, dean
I am a part
You should be too! ”Sophmore