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Thank You From the Dean

Howard McMillanI’d like to offer my thanks to all of the alumni and friends of the Else School who participated in our recent annual fund drive.  This year’s effort was a significant improvement over more recent drives, and when added to other moneys received from sources outside of the College, it enables the faculty and staff of the Else School to continue to offer our students one of the best business education opportunities in the country.  If you have not yet participated in the annual fund, it is not too late to get involved.  You can contribute online by visiting our pledge page

Your continued involvement with the Else School, monetarily and otherwise, is very important to our continued success.  Please feel free to come by to share ideas or just visit.  We are planning a number of activities for the Fall 2007 semester and look forward to seeing you there!

Howard McMillan, Jr., Dean of the Else School of Management

Else School Announces Creation of the Family Business Institute

Hal Miller, Jr.
Hal Miller, Jr.

Howard McMillan, dean of the Millsaps College Else School of Management, recently announced the creation of the Family Business Institute offered though Millsaps College, and the appointment of Harold (Hal) Miller Jr. as director. McMillan has extensive background in family-owned businesses as the president of Deposit Guaranty National Bank and through his wife's family.

“When Hal came to me with the proposal, I gave it my enthusiastic support,” McMillan said. “It’s something that is truly needed in Mississippi. Family-owned businesses have been and continue to be the backbone of our economy.”

The Institute is designed for owners and other management of family-owned businesses. Initially, it will conduct four multi-day seminars each year where formal presentations will be made on critical subjects, followed by discussion and exchange of ideas between attendees.

“The idea is to have a practical seminar built upon exchange of ideas, rather than a totally academic lecture approach,” McMillan said, and noted that other institutions have family business institutes and that he is proud for Millsaps to sponsor the first such institute in Mississippi. Miller has always wanted to create such an institute, and he dedicates his efforts in this venture to his father who was “the best family business owner [he] ever knew.”

Miller is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Law School.   Miller has a unique history with and interest in family-owned businesses, as his father started Miller Transporters 65 years ago. The company is now owned by the second through fifth generations of the Miller family. Miller himself was also one of the founders of Ergon, a conglomerate now owned exclusively by the Les Lampton family. Miller has been a member of Butler, Snow, Omara, Stevens & Cannada law firm for 48 years, during which time he has represented numerous family-owned businesses and has mediated disputes between members of family-owned businesses.

The first seminar will be held September 5-7 at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps in Jackson. Click here for more information.

2007 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees Announced

2007 Beta Gamma Sigma Graduates

Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the best business students internationally at institutions accredited by AACSB – the International Association for Management Education.  There is no higher honor than to graduate “Beta Gamma Sigma”.  Pictured above are the 2007 inductees, along with Dick Molpus, who spoke at the induction banquet.

Front Row: Keyuan Zhang (China), Alonia Carey (Gonzales, LA), Julia Stewart (Spanish Fort, Alabama), Ying Hou (Chendgu, China).

Second Row: Bill Brister, Director of Graduate Admissions, Millsaps College, Ryan Zagone (Baton Rouge, LA), Kelly Rasmus (Metairie, LA), Sloan Holley (Columbus, MS), Christian Carrico (Magee, MS), Wes Hill (Columbus, MS), Magdalena Hertelendy (Budapest, Hungary), Dick Molpus, President of Molpus Woodlands Group.

Alumni News

In November 2006, Crawford & Company purchased e-Triage, an international technology company whose web-based services apply evidence-based international research to identify specific risk factors and recommend interventions to positively impact return-to work. Sharon O’Shea, MBA, 1983, e-Triage’s co-founder, president, and CEO will continue to manage the company.

Bank of America recently announced that Steve Raftopoulos, BBA 1988, will join Banc of America Securities as Head of Middle Market M&A. In his role, Raftopoulos will build out and lead a dedicated effort to provide M&A and strategic advisory services to Bank of America’s middle market commercial banking clients.

Ron RatliffRod Ratliff, MBA, 1997, was listed on the Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street on May 21, 2007 for his work in the Internet and computer-services category. Ratliff is with the Stanford Group Co. in Memphis.

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