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AACSB Affirms Else School of Management’s Accreditation

AACSB - International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, recently extended the Else School of Management’s accreditation through 2011. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process. Fewer than 15% of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation. “Less than one-third of business schools in the United States achieve accreditation. The recognition that goes with accreditation is well worth the effort required to maintain it,” said outgoing dean Ken Harmon.

Incoming dean Howard McMillan commented, “This recognition affirms what our graduates and the businesses that hire them already know – Millsaps College continues to have an outstanding business program that fully equips its students for today’s complex business environment.”

The AACSB commended the Else School for its international programs, assessment processes, and use of comprehensive examinations.

Fender Named to J. A. Brown Chair of Business

Dr. Blakely Fox Fender, PhD, has been named the J. Armistad Brown Chair of Business in the Else School of Management at Millsaps College.

Fender is an Associate Professor of Economics at Millsaps College where she teaches microeconomics, econometrics, and labor economics. Dr. Fender also currently serves as the MBA Program Director and is a 1992 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Millsaps College, where she received a B.A. in economics. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Fender has published articles in academic journals such as The Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Forensic Economics, and the Justice System Journal. She is a member of the American Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association. Ken Harmon, outgoing Dean of the Else School of Management, says of Fender, “This appointment reflects Dr. Fender’s outstanding reputation as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and leader in the Else School and in the College.”

Prior to joining the faculty at Millsaps, Dr. Fender worked as a Senior Managing Consultant for Peterson Consulting. With Peterson, she prepared and evaluated statistical models for damage analyses in complex litigation, including antitrust, health care, corporate, and bankruptcy disputes. Dr. Fender also managed and implemented outcomes studies for pharmaceutical companies and managed care organizations.

Else School Students Visit Nation’s Capitol

Pictured is a group of accounting and economics students who visited Washington, D.C. during spring break. Students and faculty sponsors visited the American Bankers Association and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where they met with Governor Mark Olson. The students also toured the Capitol, where they met with Senator Trent Lott and discussed a variety of issues. Making the trip were students Rachel Fontenot, Lauren Lippincott, Brenna Spell, Julye Clark, Valena Scott, Jessica Sutton, Jillian Compton, Magdalena, Hertlendy, Ying Hou, Michael Bell, Clay Kirkpatrick, Michael Puckett, Will Hippler, Yale Murphy and Joel Waddell; faculty members Susan Taylor, Pat Taylor, and Kim Burke; and executive in residence Howard McMillan.

Each year, the Millsaps Annual Fund provides financial resources that help fund student experiential learning activities like the trip to Washington. Annual fund gifts designated to the Else School provide the foundation on which excellence is built. Make your gift today either online at, by mail or by phone.

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Eight Students Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary

Millsaps College inducted eight new members into its Beta Gamma Sigma chapter on April 25, 2006. They are juniors, Margaret A. Baumgartner and Scott Hays, Jr.; senior, Jessica C. Sanford; and graduate students Benjamin D. Buck, Jillian L. Compton, Kalen D. Conerly, Leslie Ezelle, and Travis W. Schmitz. Will Flatt, BA ’97, CFO of Parkway Properties and Else School of Management Advisory Board member served as guest speaker.

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

The mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its life-long members.


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