Welcome to the School of Business at St. Thomas University. We are a SACSCOC-accredited School of Business with approximately 500 students. The only Catholic Archdiocesan University in Florida, St. Thomas University boasts a pastoral oasis amid Miami’s urban pulse and enterprise. As a University we place an institutional emphasis on social justice and ethical behavior. Ethical leadership and values also permeate the School of Business’ academic model and practices. We are a School rich in diversity yet small in size; a community that is cohesive and collegial; faculty who are accessible and approachable; and all share a commitment to respond to individual student needs, one individual at a time.
As we embark upon Fall 2015, let me take this opportunity to extend a warm Welcome Back (and simply A Big Welcome to some) to our students, their parents, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Business Board.
We are underway to an impressive next few years of growth in students and programs in the School of Business. Ours will be a world of mainstream business education punctuated by strategic forays into niche areas. Hence, our Masters of Accounting has a forensic accounting concentration; we have elevated Marketing as an undergraduate major in its own right; Entrepreneurship and Global Entrepreneurship Week continue to play a large role in our curriculum; and we are one of only a handful of schools that award undergraduate degrees in Sports Administration. Undergraduate students in the School of Business will have a three-hour internship formally incorporated into their plans of studies starting this year. A student investment club, established by a generous alumnus, will engage in equity research and investments by students under faculty training and supervision. New graduate programs this year include the DBA in Sports Administration and MBA, MSM, and MS concentrations in Trade & Logistics Management and Cyber Security Management. Undergraduate programs in these two areas will be developed this year and are expected to come on-steam in Fall 2016.
Our forays into niche areas like Trade and Logistics and Cyber Security Management; the DBA in Sports Administration, etc., go beyond mainstream majors and concentrations to reflect our efforts at developing curricula and programs that are market-relevant. These are programs that have been developed as a result of discussions with industry and community leaders and employers. At the end of the day, a business degree’s value is best gauged by the quality of its placements. We plan to fine-tune the quality of our education to remain relevant to the demands of our ever-changing economy. This cannot be a one-time exercise, but a virtuous cycle of growth that is aided by students; faculty; the dean; the Business Board; our alumni; the University; our accrediting bodies; and of course our community – both local and global – around us.
Another major development for the School of Business comes in the form of the School’s transition to the Gus Machado School of Business at St. Thomas University. Mr. Machado’s munificent gift will transform the School of Business’ physical space to a three-storied 40,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art building that is expected to welcome its first class in Fall 2017. The building will boast unique features like an ethical hacking lab and a trading room equipped with Bloomberg terminals, and other modern active learning tools and propositions. This major gift comes in the wake of other gifts from trustees and community leaders amounting to over $8.5 million raised in 2014-2015 for the School of Business and its programs. The building and these gifts reflect alumni, stakeholders, and the community’s recognition of our ongoing emphasis on imparting ethical business education to meet the needs of our local, regional, and the national economy.
This year we will also actively grow our partnerships with institutions abroad. Our location in Miami Gardens gives us a ring-side view of the Caribbean and Central and S. America. We are forging innovative partnerships with schools in the Caribbean and even as far away as countries in Asia. We are looking at innovative 2+2 programs; 3+1 programs; and even 2+2+3 programs that award STU BBA, MBA and JD degrees to international and domestic students in as little as 5 years at STU. This year marked the second time that we traveled to Israel for Study Abroad. Other similar programs will grow; as will more international trips for students and faculty alike.
My faculty, staff, and I are always open to new ideas from you. Please do visit us on campus; and on the Web. We are dedicated to the notion that every student is an individual; with individual needs and aspirations. We are here to help achieve their goals and aspirations, one student at a time.
Som Bhattacharya (Dr.B/Dean B)
Dean, School of Business