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From the Dean

A Message from Gary Johnson, 

Interim Dean through June 2017 & Current Associate Dean 

 Alumni and friends:


The Harrison College of Business (HCB) presents another year described by outstanding achievements by faculty and students. Examples of significant achievements and accomplishments are highlighted in the articles that follow.  


We strive to make our programming more relevant, more challenging, and more real-life.  Harrison business students are competitive on the national level, and Harrison business faculty are effective in connecting with students inside and outside the classroom.  The faculty is also engaged with the practice of business through high quality applied research and involvement with practitioners who present to, counsel and mentor students about the world of work.  Employers seek out Harrison graduates because they are well grounded in business concepts, they possess a strong work ethic, they have reasonable expectations, and they appreciate having the opportunity to demonstrate what they can contribute to an organization’s success.  Simply stated, our students are hard-working problem solvers! 


The HCB continues to assimilate two vibrant programs:  Hospitality Management and Healthcare Management.  Both of these programs are facing increasing student demand.  The College is moving forward with a proposal to establish an Experiential Learning Laboratory centering-around the finance major, but encompassing all areas of study.  Technology training in general and certification in Microsoft Excel is a priority for our students.  Entrepreneurship and CATAPULT, the “hands on” center designed to expose students to business through the arts and other non-business areas, continues to thrive.  Our graduate business programs are often cited for their quality and affordability, attract students from all walks of life and from many different cultures and countries.  The secret is out – the Harrison College of Business is on the move! 


I would be remiss if I did not address two significant changes this year from last – Dr. Gerald McDougall, a fixture in the dean position for twenty-four years, passed suddenly in early March.  The other significant event is ongoing.  The university’s budget situation worsened this spring with word from the State of Missouri that millions of dollars were being cut from FY 17 and FY18. As we all know, challenges beget opportunities. 


As you read the stories presented in this edition of the Business Review, please be thinking of ways you may be able to connect with our faculty and students to further the mission of the College.    Please contact me at your convenience to respond to an article in the Review, to ask about partnering with us in some way, or simply to visit.  In any event, we would love to hear from you. 



A Message from Judy Wiles, 

Interim Dean July 2017 to present 

 Alumni and Friends of the College: 


On behalf of the Harrison College of Business we are thankful to have the support of our alumni, corporate partners and friends.  During this time of transition, I can assure you that our HCB team is committed to enhancing the educational experiences and programming for our students.  We are progressing on a number of new initiatives including moving the entrepreneurship option in the management major to a more robust and complete major in entrepreneurship. We are providing a number of new student engagement activities including participation in national sales competitions, the Southeast Innovation Challenge and the Southeast Business Plan Competition. Our students and faculty continue to excel and make an impact in their disciplines and professional organizations.  We are grateful for the many ways our alumni and business community have supported us. 


We have greatly benefited from the service of Gary Johnson as our Interim Dean and Associate Dean.  His leadership has been instrumental in helping us continue to maintain our AACSB accreditation. I appreciate his willingness to mentor me in my new role as Interim Dean for the college. 


Let me echo Gary’s sentiment in that we would love to hear from you.  If you would like to know more about ways you can connect with us, please let one of us know.


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