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Else School Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

The Else School of Management at Millsaps College has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Millsaps College shares this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education with less than five percent of business schools worldwide and is the only private institution in Mississippi to earn accreditation.

"I am extremely proud that the Else School has been reaccredited," said Howard McMillan, dean of the Else School. "The reaccreditation process is rigorous, and our achievement in the process is a true testament to the high quality education we provide our undergraduate and graduate students. Our strong faculty have created an exceptional learning environment where we are transforming students to be future leaders in business across the state, country and world."

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

"Continuing our AACSB accreditation represents a commitment to a high quality, relevant business education," said George Pickett, a prominent member of Jackson's financial community, Millsaps alum and chairman of the Else School's advisory board. "As one of the smallest AACSB accredited schools in the entire country, our students enjoy relationships with our faculty, both inside and outside of the classroom, that have been documented to place the Else School's faculty among top ten business faculties in the country, according to the Princeton Review."

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students."

Joe Donovan Joins Else School as Director of Entrepreneurial Development

Joe DonovanThe Else School of Management at Millsaps College is pleased to welcome Joe Donovan (MBA '95) as Director of Entrepreneurial Development. He will assist the Else School Entrepreneurial Task Force with identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and development of strategic relationships for the purpose of advancing entrepreneurship in Mississippi.

Dean Howard McMillan commented, "Joe brings an extensive background of starting and successfully running a number of small businesses. He is heading up a group of Millsaps alumni with similar entrepreneurial backgrounds and faculty to institute a Center for Entrepreneurship here at Millsaps College.

"The Center will be a unique resource for students, existing small businesses and businesspeople, state and municipal government agencies and investors, all of whom are the key players in the economic lifeblood of the region," McMillan said.

Calendar Notes

  • The Else School of Management will hold its second alumni lunch at Nick's Restaurant in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at noon. Jeanne Luckett will speak on "Millsaps' Role During the Civil Rights Movement: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Rides." Due to limited space, reservations are recommended. Please contact Jane Collins at 601-974-1267 or

  • The Else School of Management Spring Forum will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in the Leggett Center on campus. Dr. D. Sykes Wilford, Professor and Hipp Chair of Finance at the Citadel will speak on "Risk Management as an Art." This forum is sponsored by the CFA Society of Mississippi. It will count as 1 CE credit for CFA charter holders. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Cost is $15 and reservations are recommended. Please call 601-974-1250.

  • The Graduate Admissions Office will hold an Information Session on the Else School's Graduate Programs on Thursday, March 3, 2011 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Walter P. Neely Finance Room in Murrah Hall on the Millsaps campus. If you are aware of a promising potential graduate student, please have them call 601-974-1256 or email for more information!

  • The Else School's Career Fair is planned for Thursday, April 5, 2011 from 4 - 6 p.m. in Murrah Hall on the Millsaps Campus. Interested employers or representatives are encouraged to call Career Specialist Suzi Nyberg at 601-974-1214 for more information.

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