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Overview

The School of Business and Management at Southern integrates faith and business to prepare students for productive careers.

  • Southern Adventist University’s School of Business and Management 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).
  • 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.

Faculty

  • Michael CafferkyMichael CafferkyProfessor
  • Richard EricksonRichard EricksonAssociate Professor
  • H. Robert Gadd, C.P.A.H. Robert Gadd, C.P.A.Professor
  • Lisa GoolsbyLisa GoolsbyAssociate Professor
  • Julie C. Hyde, C.P.A.Julie C. Hyde, C.P.A.Associate Professor
  • Robert Montague, C.P.A.Robert Montague, C.P.A.Professor
  • Braam OberholsterBraam OberholsterAssociate Professor
  • Cliff OlsonCliff OlsonProfessor
  • Verlyne StarrVerlyne StarrAssociate Professor
  • Dennis F. Steele, Jr., C.P.A.Dennis F. Steele, Jr., C.P.A.Professor
  • Leon WeeksLeon WeeksAssistant Professor
  • Jon WentworthJon WentworthAssociate Professor

The professors’ passion
for business, teaching,
and excellence has
challenged me to be a
better student, and
a better Christian.
Marcus Keenan, ’13Management major

School of Business and Management classroom

Interesting Facts

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 and Management 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. 

Alumni

School of Business and Management 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

Facilities

Classrooms and Labs

The School of Business and Management 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 
  • Accounting/financial
  • Management
  • Marketing


Specific types of jobs available to business majors include:

  • Advertising executive
  • Banking
  • 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

Contact

Lisa Kuhlman, office manager
kuhlmanlisa@southern.edu
423.236.2527

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