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Hugh Parker Named Volunteer Campaign Chair

Hugh Parker
Hugh Parker

Dean Howard McMillan has announced that Dr. Hugh Parker, Executive Partner at Horne LLP will serve as the Volunteer Campaign Chair for the Campaign for the Else School.  The $10 million campaign, which is part of Millsaps College’s Legacy campaign, seeks funds for faculty development, student support, programs, and upgrades to Murrah Hall.  “The funds raised in this campaign will position the Else School of Management at Millsaps College as a center for innovative, top-notch business education,” said Mr. McMillan. 

“I’m really excited to be part of a team that will enable the Else School to continue its excellence in business education and move to the next stage of national recognition.  Our outstanding faculty and the intellectual rigor and liberal arts character of Millsaps College make the Else School a truly extraordinary educational experience,” Dr. Parker said.

“Hugh brings a unique perspective to our campaign,” said Dean Howard McMillan.  “As a former educator and an employer of our graduates, he is able to communicate the needs of the Else School as well the outcomes that a major gift will produce.”

Else Professor Named Outstanding Young Faculty

Harvey Fiser
Harvey Fiser

Dr. Richard Smith, Senior Vice President and Dean of the College, recently announced that Harvey Fiser, Assistant Professor of Business Law, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Young Faculty Award. He will receive a one semester release from teaching and $1000 to support his scholarly activities.

Harvey earned a B.A. in Communications from Mississippi State University and a J.D. with distinction from the Mississippi College School of Law. Upon graduation, he practiced law, eventually becoming a partner at Adams and Reese, LLP where he specialized in commercial litigation and employment practices. Harvey joined the Else School faculty in 2003, and reports that he could not be more pleased with his career change.

Harvey serves on numerous Else School and College committees and has recently taken responsibility for the Else Schools programs in the Yucatan. He also serves as the pre-law advisor to all Millsaps students interested in law careers. Dean Smith commented, “In the four years that Harvey has been at Millsaps, he has established himself as a fine teacher – one who demonstrates both a love and a passion for teaching. His statements about teaching and his courses reveal a thoughtful faculty member who continually seeks creative ways to engage his students in the understanding of law.”

Else School of Management Has "Best Classroom Experience"

Millsaps College has again been listed in The Princeton Review’s 2008 edition “Best 290 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, $22.95), which comes out today. The book, known for its college rankings based on how students rate their own schools, also features rankings uniquely based on student surveys. “Best 290 Business Schools” has 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools in various categories from “Best Professors” to “Best Career Prospects.” Millsaps College ranked No. 3 for “Best Classroom Experience.”

The school profiles in the book cover academics, admission, financial aid, campus life and career information. They include advice on funding the degrees and applying to the programs. “Reflecting the spirit and friendliness of the Millsaps undergraduate institution,” the profile begins, “the Else School of Management at Millsaps College offers a rigorous MBA program in a refreshingly intimate atmosphere.”

The Princeton Review compiled the lists based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 290 business schools in the book and on school-reported data. In the book’s 2007 edition, the Else School was ranked No. 8, above Harvard and Duke, for “Best Professors.”

The Princeton Review has posted the ranking lists and information on how they are compiled at where the lists can be searched by school or by category. Other ranking categories report the top 10 schools with the most diverse faculties, the most conservative or most liberal student bodies and the greatest opportunities for minority students.   

The ranking lists are based on surveys of business school students conducted during the 2006-07, 2005-06 and 2004-05 academic years. Most were completed online at The Princeton Review's student survey site: The 80-question survey asks students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, themselves and their career plans.  

2007 Fall Forum Focuses on State Budget Management

Ronnie Musgrove, Charlie Williams and Phil Pepper prepare for the Else School Fall Forum
Else School 2007 Fall Forum

The Millsaps College Else School of Management presented its Fall 2007 Forum entitled “The Business of the Budget:  Understanding the Process and Politics in Mississippi” on November 7, 2007.  Sponsored by AT&T and Trustmark National Bank, this event featured former governor Ronnie Musgrove, state economist Phil Pepper, and Charlie Williams, chief of staff for Governor Haley Barber.  “This was one of the most interesting and informative forums we have had,” said Dean Howard McMillan.  “I thought all of the panelists did a great job of clearly explaining what is a complicated process that many of us know little about.”

The next Else School Forum will be held Monday, March 3, 2008 and will feature Same E. Antar who will speak on “White Collar Fraud.”  For more information, call 601-974-1250.

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