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Georgia Southern offers most flexible, top-ranked Master’s in Accounting

Full-time professionals and distance learners earning a Master’s of Accounting degree online through the WebMAcc Program at Georgia Southern University are enrolled in the most flexible online program at one of the top 50 schools for accounting degrees in the country, according to OnlineMasters.com.

“We are grateful to be recognized by OnlineMasters.com as a top accounting program,” said Tim Pearson, Ph.D., director of the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy. “This continues the tradition as the program has been highly rated by eight various rating groups since 2016. We are highly regarded and recognized for the quality and affordability of our program.”

According to Onlinemasters.com, which ranks programs based on academic quality, student success and affordability, the fully-online WebMAcc program offers students access to courses and preparation for life as an accountant with little disruption to their personal and work lives.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a need for accountants and auditors is on the rise, and that employment opportunities are expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026. Georgia Southern’s College of Business is preparing students for this through courses such as financial reporting, current legal issues and taxation, among others, while also teaching valuable skills to help students innovate and develop new methods for driving financial success and managing financial data.

The Georgia Southern WebMAcc is a two-year program that requires students to take two classes during the spring and fall semesters and one class during the summer for six consecutive semesters. Each student is part of a cohort that works to complete the program together. The spring application deadline is November 15. To learn more, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/business/soa/webmacc/.

The Georgia Southern University College of Business is AACSB accredited, while its School of Accountancy holds a separate accreditation from AACSB—a distinction held by only 180 accounting programs worldwide. The WebMAcc program is designed to mirror the rigor and quality of the traditional MAcc program with classes taught by the same faculty who teach in the on-campus program.


Georgia Southern business students compete at national sales competition, land jobs

Five students on the Georgia Southern University Sales Team landed jobs with AT&T after competing at the first-ever AT&T B2B Sales Program National Sales Competition Oct. 18–20 in Dallas, Texas.

College of Business students David Stulack, Catherine Reece, Layla Enayati, Madalynn Keen and Britt Lee represented the University as one of 12 teams invited to compete in the final round of the competition.

“The students worked hard on this case and have enjoyed working with AT&T,” states Linda G. Mullen, Ph.D., co-director of the Center for Sales Excellence at Georgia Southern. “This has given the sales students some great opportunities for career growth.”

Although the team did not win the competition, each team member scored a job opportunity with AT&T through a summer internship or in the B2B Sales Development Program.

“The AT&T National Sales Competition was an unforgettable experience where we were able to network with students from around the nation, get to know more about the AT&T culture and so much more,” said Stulack. “I’m also very proud to say that everyone on our team received a job offer.”

The AT&T National Sales Competition gauged students’ abilities to present AT&T business solutions that best address customer needs. The teams were given a case involving a fictional insurance company that encountered problems with its adjusters and use of information technology. The teams had to present a solution, explain how their products applied to the customers’ challenges, answer questions and close the sale.

“This experience provided me and my team with real-life business problems and taught us how to remain poised and professional when overcoming objections,” said Enayati. “Throughout this experience, it has been so exciting to take what we have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-life scenario.”

The Georgia Southern University College of Business is a Sales Education Foundation Top Sales University. The Center for Sales Excellence was established in 2007 to support and promote our students pursuing careers in sales. The Center, located in the College of Business, gives students the opportunity to gain experience with sales role play in dedicated labs, with many of our students competing at national sales competitions. The Center also works to bring students together with companies in the industry looking to hire fresh, new talent. To get involved with the Center for Sales Excellence at Georgia Southern, email Linda Mullen, Ph.D., or Lindsay Larson, Ph.D., at lgmullen@georgiasouthern.edu or lindsaylarson@georgiasouthern.edu, respectively.


College of Business students receive BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification during annual seminar

Thirty-three College of Business students received The BB&T Leadership Institute Student Leadership Certification earlier this month after participating in the second annual BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification Seminar at Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus.

The two-day seminar enabled students to learn directly from business professionals and engaged students in focused small group discussions on leadership styles.

“By the end of the program, students are equipped with practical tools and strategies that can be used in their everyday lives and in the business world they are about to enter,” stated Don Cox, Ph.D., the BB&T banking professor and coordinator for the program.

Students from all majors and within various programs participated and completed two, three-hour sessions led by Jasmine Edmonds, a student leadership senior fellow from the BB&T Leadership Institute.

The program is based on the model that beliefs drive behaviors and seeks to give students a better understanding of their individual leadership styles and how they can become more effective leaders. The BB&T Leadership Institute offers a world-class approach to leadership development, helping organizations create dynamic and effective leaders, increase employee retention and improve the bottom line.

“I was able to learn more about myself as a leader through this program,” stated Rebekah Morris, senior management major. “[The Emerging Leaders Certification] provided me with the opportunity to learn how to develop myself into a stronger leader and how to better work with other types of leaders.”

In 2017, the College of Business received its first invitation to participate in the program from Jason McMillan, senior vice president and regional corporate banker for BB&T Corporation in Savannah and trustee of the Georgia Southern University Foundation.


Eagle Executive Magazine Fall 2018 Available in Digital Commons

The Eagle Executive Magazine for Fall 2018 is now available in Digital Commons here.


College of Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 – Young & Soaring

In the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, 12 alumni hail from the College of Business. On Friday, September 28, all members from the Class of 2018 40 Under 40 were invited to campus for lunch to be recognized for their accomplishments. Following lunch, the College of Business hosted its alumni, along with approximately 30 business students to network and discuss building a legacy as a young professional.

As part of the College of Business’s “Young & Soaring: Building a Legacy Before 40” event, a select group of current student leaders were invited to sit down with the College’s honorees from the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. These 30 students and nine alumni were divided into small groups for chat sessions that allowed for an easy and interactive exchange of ideas, moderated by current faculty. In this intimate setting, students were able to hear directly from young alumni about a wide range of topics and receive advice they can use to chart their own path to success. Students and alumni had an open conversation during the course of these sessions where they discussed the meaning of success and how it is achieved, ways to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and how to get involved in the community as a working professional. These chats provided student leaders with the knowledge that building a legacy requires giving back, teamwork, and support from family and friends. By the end of the event, students were able to recognize that their current activities are creating a framework for future accomplishments, but that, ultimately, true success is not an individual endeavor but is a personal process and can be measured in many ways.

College of Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018:

Jeffrey Bush, ECON, ’13, Chief Operating Officer, Parker’s, Savannah

Katie Childers, MBA, ’11, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Legislative Affairs, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta

Matt Donaldson, FINC, ’13, Assistant Vice President, Controller, Durden Banking Company, Twin City

Robert Goolsby, MBA, ’13, Vice President, Professional Services, Fiserv, Alpharetta

Dean Hudson, LOGT, ’06; MBA, ’11, Regional Business Manager, J.B. Hunt Transport, Atlanta

Wayne Murphy, MGMT, ’04, Branch Manager, Queensborough Bank & Trust, Savannah

Paul Newman, MKTG, ’05, Owner/Broker, Statesboro Real Estate, Statesboro

Wesley Olliff, MGMT, ’07, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, Colony Bank, Savannah

Kutina Ruhumbika, MKTG, ’02, Vice President of People, Barteca Restaurant Group, New York, New York

David Schott, MBA, ’16, Chief Operating Officer, South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta

Erica Sellers, MGMT, ’04; MBA, ’12, Director of Marketing and Sales, Morris Multimedia, Statesboro Magazine, Statesboro

Curtis Williams, IS, ’09, Owner, HHE Enterprise, Curtis J. & Associates, Smyrna

Georgia Southern officially announced the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 earlier in the fall semester. Out of 120,000 living University alumni, more than 50,000 are under the age of 40. This award honors those University alumni who are paving the way in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic ventures.

Not only do the honorees represent exceptionally talented young alumni, but they also embody the core values of Georgia Southern. The College was well represented, again, in the 40 Under 40. Congratulations to all of our College’s 40 Under 40 recipients!