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Georgia Southern University online MBA ranked in top 20 by Poets&Quants

In its inaugural ranking of online MBA programs, Poets&Quants, a leading resource for complete coverage of graduate business education, has ranked the Georgia Southern online MBA No. 18 in its list of 25 schools across the country.

To determine the MBA rankings, Poets&Quants adheres to three core facets in measuring the value of any educational undertaking: the quality of the incoming students, an assessment by graduates of the MBA experience, both academically and the extracurricular activities, and the career outcomes of a program’s graduates. Equal weight was placed on these three features in addition to gathering data from school and alumni surveys.

According to Poets&Quants, the school survey asked for a variety of statistics from admission standards to global immersion trips, while the alumni survey was sent to MBA graduates, who were asked about their impressions on a wide range of topics, from whether the program fulfilled their expectations to whether they would recommend the program to others.

Many graduates of the online MBA program recognize the benefits of its flexibility for working professionals to continue their education. One of those students, MBA graduate Antonio Gonzalez (’15), worked as a field service engineer for five years and reached the point where his technical knowledge and experience were simply not enough to advance his 

Gonzalez was impressed with Georgia Southern’s online MBA, which allowed him to excel in his coursework while working full-time.

“The MBA [program] has given me a better understanding of corporate business practices and procedures,” Gonzalez said. “It has provided me the tools to deal with a variety of real-world business situations.”

The Georgia Southern online MBA is an AACSB-accredited, 30-credit hour program that allows students to take two courses per semester for five consecutive semesters. The program, which is approximately 21 months, offers working professionals the opportunity to advance their careers with little interruption to their personal and professional lives. To learn more about the Georgia Southern online MBA, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit

Three-Day Workshop Breeds Entrepreneurs

By: Caroline Nimnicht
3DS Georgia Southern winner, Tailr.
l-r: Nicholas Farmer, Deja Powell and David Vaughn

The Business Innovation Group (BIG) at the Georgia Southern College of Business hosted the business pitches for the remaining five groups from “3 Day Startup Georgia Southern” in the Russell Union Theater on February 19, 2018.

The 3 Day Startup (3DS)  program was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 by a diverse group of students who recognized the unexpressed potential for startups in higher education. According to the program, 3DS results in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. More than 130 programs in the U.S. and internationally have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding. With a mission to “activate entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and global entrepreneurship ecosystem” and a vision that “all students ignite their potential through the experience of entrepreneurship,” 3DS is truly a beneficial opportunity for our students.

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. Forty students with a wide range of backgrounds started working on technology companies on Friday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. and worked together until Sunday, February 18, at 10:00 p.m. The goal was to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the startup company beyond the weekend.

On the first day, with or without a startup idea, participants were introduced to a facilitator who led each group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches with feedback and team selection models. Some teams worked very late into the night while others chose to rest in preparation for the following day. The second day placed heavy emphasis on business model generation. Each team was urged to delve into customer retention, as well as obtain structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. The final day consisted of continued execution of ideas leading into the final pitches and prototype demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.

Participants in the three-day workshop collaborated with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Valuable connections happened at 3DS; co-founders met, complementary skill sets collided and friends were made.  

After the intense 72-hour collaboration session, five groups, NIA, Tailr, 5 Dollar Footwear, TAC and DIS, made it to the final round of pitching their business to a panel of mentors and investors, as well as the public in the Russell Union Theater on Monday, February 19.

DIS, a carbon longboard production company, won the people’s choice award, and Tailr, a company using a digital measuring system using a cellphone camera or webcam to build an intermediary between retailers and consumers, was the overall winner.

BIG hosting 3DS is so important; by providing entrepreneurial tools students can utilize, their business dreams can become reality.

AACSB Recognizes Georgia Southern University College of Business Alum and Major General for the U.S. Army Leslie C. Smith as 2018 Influential Leader


Third annual Influential Leaders Challenge celebrates 29 change-makers and their impact on global issues

TAMPA, Fla., USA (February 8, 2018)—Today, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, celebrated the positive impact business school graduates are making in communities around the globe as part of the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge. As an annual initiative, the challenge honors notable alumni from accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders.


Georgia Southern College of Business alum Major General Leslie C. Smith was recognized at AACSB’s 2018 Deans Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, among a group of 29 business pioneers, from 13 industry sectors, whose careers are addressing today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges.


MG Smith serves as Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Army. After graduating with an accounting degree in 1985, Smith entered the U.S. Army as a chemical officer. In 2001, he assumed command of the 83rd Chemical Battalion, where elements of the Battalion deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following command, he served on the Army Staff in the G-8 as the Deputy Division Chief and Chief, NBC Branch for the Full Dimensional Protection Division. In 2005, MG Smith assumed command of the 3rd Chemical Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, later serving as the G-3, 20th Support Command (CBRNE), and from 2008 – 2010, the 25th Chief of Chemical and Commandant of the United States Army Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear School. In 2010, he became the fourth Commander of the U.S. Army 20th Support Command (CBRNE – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-yield Explosives). Prior to his current position in the U.S. Army, MG Smith was Commanding General of the United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood. In 2017, he was named the Georgia Southern University College of Business Alumnus of the Year. Smith has an impressive record having earned the expert parachutists’ badge, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. MG Smith has received 22 medals, awards and badges throughout his years of service to our country.


“Each honoree from the 2018 class of Influential Leaders reflects the mindset, knowledge, and passion that impactful business leaders must embody to impart positive change in today’s society,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “We would like to thank MG Smith for demonstrating the true excellence and leadership we wish to see in the world, and we congratulate Georgia Southern’s College of Business for their role in helping to mold a new generation of global business leaders dedicated to driving impact that results in global prosperity.”


Major General Smith and his peers in the 2018 Influential Leaders class were recognized across three categories, including:

  • Alumni Business Leaders Working in Nonprofit or Community-Based Organizations

Leaders serving nonprofit and community-based organizations are making game-changing impacts—from a local level to a global reach—creating a better society for us all. With initiatives that include navigating the Hurricane Harvey crisis, transforming the lives of more than 150 million children around the world annually, and combating the root causes of poverty, AACSB graduates demonstrate that some of the world’s most impactful work occurs within smaller-sector opportunities.

  • Alumni Business Leaders Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Advocates for diversity and inclusion are driving transformation across the corporate sphere by upholding a culture of mutual respect and championing the exchange of open ideas. Such efforts are furthered by leaders who forge and refine inclusion practices—based on appreciating differences—to break down cultural stereotypes and patriarchal norms. They also look to inspire today’s youth in under-represented populations to pursue their dreams in non-traditional fields of study and professions.

  • Business Leaders Influencing Business Education

Businesses need students to be workforce ready upon graduation, making the present a critical time for schools and businesses to work together to meet each other’s needs. Outside of academe, some business leaders are driving fruitful partnerships between the two groups by cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and cross-collaborative mindsets. Others are developing free study services—available via a simple digital exchange—to more than 350,000 students globally, advancing access to success for everyone. Inside academe, leaders are transforming institutional culture by encouraging open dialogue between alumni, faculty, staff, business, and students, while investing in promising entrepreneurs across advantaged and disadvantaged regions.  


“We are very excited to have one of our alumni recognized among AACSB’s Influential Leaders,” stated Allen C. Amason, dean of the Georgia Southern College of Business. “General Smith is an outstanding representative of our College and University. He personifies the sense of excellence and accomplishment that we try to instill into all of our students. And, his success serves as an example to us all. So, we applaud him for his success and we celebrate this recognition.”


For more information on the Influential Leaders Challenge, and to view a full list of honorees, visit




About AACSB International

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to almost 1,600 member organizations and more than 795 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit


About Georgia Southern University College of Business

The Georgia Southern University College of Business is one of eight colleges at the University and accredited through AACSB-International. The College offers four graduate degree programs, nine undergraduate degrees and ten certificate programs. The College of Business is known for producing career-ready professionals, utilizing theoretical and practical knowledge, through an engaging learning environment, research and service.

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Dean Amason talks about ways one can get involved with the GS College of Business