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Message from Dean Michael Hartline - April 2018

Mar 22, 2018
Dean Michael D. HartlineDear Alumni and Friends,

Today marks the two-year anniversary since I became dean of the College of Business. Since that time, we have worked hard to implement our ambitious vision of preeminence and create a world-class community committed to educating our students for successful business careers. We are thankful for your continuing support and passion for our college and Florida State University.

Over the past year, we have worked hard to implement our strategic plan – a plan that is now reaping benefits. A case in point: Our Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program recently secured a spot among the Top 25 public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Part-time MBA Programs.” Our program rose 19 spots to No. 25 among public schools, up from No. 44 last year.

Our continued march toward preeminence is due to the hard work of our faculty and staff, the support of our alumni and friends, and our ability to secure great placements for our students after graduation. Across the board, our college has truly emerged as one of the very best business schools in the nation. Let’s recap our public school rankings:

  • No. 4 – Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
  • No. 5 – Online Non-MBA Graduate Programs: Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) and Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI) (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
  • No. 6 – Real Estate Program (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
  • No. 14 – Online MBA Program, and No. 10 Best Online MBA for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
  • No. 20 – Master of Science in Finance Program (MSF) (The Financial Engineer 2018)
  • No. 25 – Part-time MBA Program (U.S. News & World Report 2019)
  • No. 25 – Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program (Public Accounting Report 2018)
  • No. 26 – Undergraduate Accounting Program (Public Accounting Report 2018)
  • No. 27 – Overall Undergraduate Program (U.S. News & World Report 2018)

The path to preeminence is long and winding and is ultimately about the journey more than the destination. We continue to make progress across the board with respect to our Four Ps. Here are a few highlights:


  • We’ve hired 14 new faculty members with degrees from top universities, including the University of California-Berkeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, New York University and Indiana University.
  • Our faculty members have had their best year ever in terms of scholarly productivity.
  • We’ve hired a new chief development officer, David VanLone. David comes to us from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
  • We’ve hired a new alumni engagement coordinator, Chelsea Vaughn. Chelsea will work to expand and coordinate our alumni activities across the country.


  • Many of our students participated in the Emerging Leaders Certification Program as a part of the BB&T Leadership Institute. Our college was the first business school in Florida to participate in the program.
  • We hosted a fantastic group of executives for our second annual Diversity in Leadership Day. Executives from Delta Air Lines, Amazon, Coca-Cola and JPMorgan Chase & Co. were in attendance.
  • This fall, we are adding a sophomore-level Business Professionalism course to ensure that students are equipped for the rigors of business school and prepared to succeed in their careers upon graduation.
  • We are adding business-specific professional development staff members to ensure that our graduates are well-prepared for the job search process.
  • The inaugural class of our Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) program starts this May. Interest in this new, on-campus program has been incredibly strong.


  • We hired Goody Clancy and Associates as the architectural firm to design Legacy Hall. The initial design schematic phase is underway, and we have our first ideas about the look and feel of our new home.
  • The Florida Legislature approved an additional $8.5 million for the construction of Legacy Hall. Altogether from alumni and corporate commitments and state funding, we are on pace to secure the expected $88 million needed for the building. Based on the current schedule, we expect to break ground in Fall 2019.


  • Our Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance was recently named a top performer by Best’s Review.
  • We recently commissioned an economic impact study for our college through Hanover Research. The report indicates the overall economic impact of our college on the state is a staggering $599.6 million for 2017. Talk about a return on investment!
  • We continue to engage alumni and other key stakeholders to tell our story. A number of events for alumni and friends are scheduled in the coming months:
    April 3 – Meet the Architect Reception, Winter Park (The Coop Restaurant)
    April 4 – Meet the Architect Reception, Tampa (4 Rivers Smokehouse, North Tampa)
    April 13 – Center for Human Resource Management Advisory Board of Directors Meeting, Tallahassee
    April 13 – RMI Executive Council Board Meeting, Tallahassee
    April 14 – Spring Football Game, Tallahassee
    May 1 – Meet the Architect Reception, Fort Lauderdale (Fishing Hall of Fame)
    May 2 – Meet the Architect Reception, Miami (Avison Young, Coral Gables)
    May 3 – Meet the Architect Reception, Tallahassee (FSU Alumni Association’s Rendina Room)
    May 7-11 – ’Noles in New York Week
    May 8 – Meet the Dean Reception, Naples (TBD)
    May 10 – FSU Real Estate Center Executive Board Meeting, Atlanta
    May 11 – Accounting Professional Advisory Board Meeting, Tampa
    May 22 – ROI-Regional Opportunities to Interact Alumni Event, Atlanta (Turner Networks)
    June 15 – Reception for RMI Alumni, Florida Association of Insurance Agents conference, Orlando
    Aug. 1-3 – Jim Moran Institute’s Small Business Leadership Conference, Orlando
    Sept. 20 – Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony, Tallahassee
    Sept. 21 – Raise the Torch Campaign Celebration, Tallahassee

Get Involved

There is no better time to get involved with your College of Business and help us continue to move farther down the path to preeminence. 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 need is a passion for Florida State and the College of Business! To get involved or learn more, feel free to contact me or Chelsea Vaughn, our alumni engagement coordinator, at cvaughn@business.fsu.edu.

Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement. Every day, I am honored and humbled to serve as dean of your college.



Michael D. Hartline, Dean 





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