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Faculty, staff honors culminate with 3 new inductees into hall of fame

Barry Diskin built a reputation as a demanding professor who inspired thanks from his students. Bill Hillison demonstrated a marathon work ethic that included a "weird" all-day office schedule. And the late Bob Marshall exuded a magnetism that made him a "wise counselor" to everyone. They became the newest inductees into the Charles A. Rovetta Faculty Hall of Fame during the recent 2022 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner and Ceremony at the Turnbull Conference Center.

FSU MBA program touts Top 10, Top 30 standings

Florida State University's MBA specialty in real estate retained its Top 10 status, and its Part-time MBA format broke into the Top 30 among public schools nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023 list of best on-campus graduate programs released today. Repeating its No. 9 standing among public schools, FSU's MBA specialty in real estate also improved one spot to No. 16 among private and public schools combined.

Ten Years of Hold and The National Alliance making a difference

On a night of celebration, Dr. William T. Hold paused in reflection. It's amazing to me," Hold, co-founder, executive chairman and retired president of The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, said to professional and academic associates in the Grand Ballroom of the FSU Alumni Center. I sit and wonder, 'How did this ever happen?'"

Elite faculty, students, alumni account for Top 25 ranking

For a barometer on a college or university's performance, don't forget employers. Allen Blay certainly doesn't. "The employers who hire our students consider FSU one of their favorite places to recruit because our students outperform when they get into the field," says Blay, the EY Professor and chair of the Department of Accounting. "Our students outperform our competitor universities, because they're well trained, and they've got a fire lit under them."

Why boxes of journals are headed to Ethiopia

Bruce Lamont's office features cleared shelves and dozens of packed boxes. But he isn't going anywhere. He's sending his academic journals on a benevolent 8,000-mile journey to a new home. Lamont, chair of the College of Business' Department of Management and the director of research at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, is donating his four-decades-long collection of journals to Addis Ababa University's College of Business and Economics, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

BAISSC math: Dedication equals rankings success

Officials in the College of Business see lofty rankings as a guidepost.

Better yet, a lighthouse.

"It's a signal to us that we're on the right track," said Ashley Bush, chair of the Department of Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain, or BAISSC. "It's a signal to students that there's value in the degree, and it's a signal to potential employers that we have a high-quality program."

A $450,000 'thank you' to college and professors

Charles Hardwick told a lecture hall full of students last month that decades from now they'll look back – just as he has done with gratitude and magnitude – on their time at Florida State University and the College of Business. "Who is it you are going to remember?" he asked them. They'll likely remember their best professors, he said. If they're like him, they'll want to thank them, along with the college and university. And he's doing so generously.

Closing Bell: The 'time and pressure' of private equity

Having built a rock-solid private equity firm, Peter Collins knows a little something about earth science – which he likens to raising money for a private equity fund. "Fundraising is like geology," he said. "It's all about time and pressure. It's cold calling. It's going and seeing people. It's about determination, and that's really, at the end of the day, what you get paid for."

Online graduate degrees rank among top programs nationwide

The Florida State University College of Business secured two new Top 10 rankings among public schools nationwide and stood strong among the nation's best on U.S. News & World Report's 2022 rankings of online master's degrees and MBA specialties.

No. 5-ranked Real Estate Program 'turbocharged' for preeminence

You can chase the rankings. Or, you can let the rankings chase you. "We think the rankings are important," said Dean Gatzlaff, a longtime faculty member and leader of the Real Estate Program at Florida State University's College of Business. "They're important to our college, administration, alumni and students, and they certainly generate a lot of interest in our program."