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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.
- 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 (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.BA 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, J.DDean
- Michael Cafferky, Ph.DProfessor
- H. Robert Gadd, Ph.DProfessor
- Julie C. Hyde, Ph.DProfessor
- Robert Montague, Ph.DProfessor
- Braam Oberholster, Ph.DAssociate Professor
- Cliff Olson, Ph.DProfessor
- Dennis F. Steele, Jr., Ph.DProfessor
- Leon Weeks, Ph.DAssistant Professor
- Mark GuildAssociate Professor
- Luceta McRoy, Ph.DAssociate 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