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Message from Dean Michael Hartline - October 2017

Oct 02, 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,

While Florida State and Tallahassee came through the recent hurricane with minimal damage, we know that many of our alumni and friends were not so fortunate. All of us in the College of Business extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the recent storms.

A Big Move Forward on the Path to Preeminence

I am thrilled to report that our efforts to move our college farther down the Path to Preeminence are paying off. In the most recent US News & World Report rankings, our overall undergraduate program moved up fourteen spots to No. 27 among public business schools (and up eighteen spots to No. 45 among all business schools, public and private).

The Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance was up one spot to No. 4 among public schools (and No. 6 overall). Our Real Estate program held steady at No. 6 among publics and No. 11 overall. Our big jump in the overall undergraduate rankings is huge! The incredible efforts of our faculty and staff, our outstanding students, and the unwavering support of our alumni and friends are propelling us toward greatness. Thank you for your support!

Let’s look at where we currently stand:

  • No. 27 - undergraduate business school (public); No. 45overall (public and private)
  • No. 4 - risk management/insurance program (public); No. 6 overall
  • No. 6 - real estate program (public); No. 11 overall
  • No. 26 - accounting program (public); No. 34 overall
  • No. 6 - online master’s program in risk management and insurance (public); No. 9 overall
  • No. 6 - online master’s program in management information systems (public); No. 9 overall
  • No. 14 - online MBA program (public); No. 16 overall
  • No. 25 - master's degree in accounting program (public); No. 31 overall

As you can see, our college is truly on the cusp of preeminence. We’ve worked hard over the past two years to make key investments in our Four P’s that move us forward: People, Programs, Place and Posture. What will it take to move us even further toward preeminence? I’m glad you asked!

PeopleIn my last update, I told you about the great new faculty we’ve hired this year. I’m happy to report that we are currently recruiting ten additional faculty who will join us next year. These are new hires, funded by the Florida Legislature, that are designed to reduce our undergraduate class sizes and expand enrollments in our master’s programs.

However, recruiting great faculty is only half the battle. We must work hard every day to retain and reward our top faculty. This is where you can help by providing dollars to support professorships, eminent scholar chairs, and research funding that will allow us to keep our best faculty at FSU.

We also need your support to help students with scholarships, travel funding for conferences and corporate tours, and funding to pursue great internship opportunities in major cities outside of Tallahassee.

ProgramsLast time, I reported on our new Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) program, as well as our proposed joint master’s degrees with the College of Law. These efforts are progressing very well. We are now looking toward the expansion of professional development opportunities for our students (e.g., improved communication skills, additional coaching and career readiness, enhanced mentoring). While these programs will require significant investments of resources, time and personnel, they are vital to our continued march toward preeminence.

PlaceWith the recent $5 million allocation from the Florida Legislature, we are now ready to proceed with the formal design of Legacy Hall. Last week, our colleagues in facilities placed an advertisement for design services in the Florida Administrative Record. Legacy Hall – the new 216,000 square foot, $90 million home for the College of Business – will be located just south of the Civic Center and will become a key anchor of the university’s planned Arena District.

In terms of preeminence, Legacy Hall is vital. All around the nation, leading business schools have opened or broken ground on new facilities. Many of them are our closest competitors for the best faculty and students. We really need your help to bring Legacy Hall to fruition.

PostureImprovements in the rankings are a great example of how posture makes a difference. We’ve recently rolled out new branding campaigns for the real estate program and the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance. Over the next year, we plan to do the same for other programs. Success begets success, and it is vital for all of us to spread the word on the wonderful things happening at the College of Business and Florida State.

Seminole 100

In case you missed it, the College of Business, the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and the FSU Alumni Association recently announced the inaugural class of the Seminole 100. The annual list recognizes innovative FSU alumni who lead some of the fastest-growing and most profitable businesses in America. It includes businesses from a wide range of industries and of all sizes. Inc. Magazine verified financial information from each company and ranked them on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. Several of the Seminole 100 businesses were also named to the “Inc. 5000,” a comprehensive list of the 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the United States.

Florida State alumni, friends and members of the general public are invited to celebrate the Seminole 100 honorees at the University Center Club on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The evening will include a reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Please join us!

Events and Travel

Some of our fall events and travel were disrupted by Hurricane Irma and are pending new dates in the spring. Here is the tentative schedule for the next six months (locations are in Tallahassee unless otherwise noted):

  • Oct. 19-20 - Real Estate Trends Conference
  • Oct. 23-26 - Dean travels to Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov. 2 - Leadership and Scholarship Dinner
  • Nov. 3 - Fall Board of Governors Meeting
  • Nov. 3-4 - Parents’ Weekend (FSU vs. Syracuse)
  • Nov. 6-8 - Dean travels to Atlanta, GA
  • Dec. 15 - Master’s Hooding Ceremony
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - Dean travels to Melbourne, FL area
  • Feb. 5-9 - Dean travels to Las Vegas, NV
  • Mar. 3 - Seminole 100 Dinner and Ceremony
  • Mar. 8 - Women in Leadership Conference
  • Mar. 12-16 - FSU Spring Break
  • Mar. 22 - Faculty/Staff Banquet and Faculty Hall of Fame
  • Mar. 23 - Spring Board of Governors Meeting

Get Involved

There is no better time to get involved with your College of Business and help us continue to excel! There are so many ways to help: mentor a student or recent graduate, speak to classes; hire an intern or graduate; fund a scholarship or professorship; give to Legacy Hall; and engage fellow Seminoles. The list is truly endless. All you really need is a passion for the College of Business and FSU!

Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement. Enjoy the fall!


Michael D. Hartline, Dean





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