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Dean Robert Burrus Welcome and Update

Spring 2017

On behalf of the Cameron School of Business, I am pleased to welcome current and prospective students, alumni, donors, and friends to Cameron’s website. As Dean, and on behalf of our outstanding faculty, and professional staff, I encourage you to explore the website and learn more about our history and proud tradition of cultivating tomorrow’s business leaders.

Cameron proudly carries on its mission of excellence in teaching, scholarship, services and executive involvement in order to provide our students with the skills, knowledge, and practice to think critically and act responsibly in meeting global business challenges.  Cameron’s programs and initiatives are deeply seeded in these commitments.

Cameron’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

The most important thing to know about the Cameron School of Business is that it is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. 

We are extremely proud of our innovative faculty members who breathe life and excitement into our courses and pursue scholarly research in the undergraduate fields of Accountancy, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Finance, General Business, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management and Leadership, Marketing Strategy, Professional Selling, and Operations Management.

Enrollment in Cameron’s graduate programs – Professional Masters of Business Administration (PMBA), International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA), Masters of Science in Accountancy (MSA) and Masters of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems (MSCSIS) – continues to grow.  We are excited to announce a new graduate program to this distinguished lineup -- an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA).  The program is slated to begin January 2017 – the first online degree to be offered by Cameron, allowing students the flexibility to balance their professional and educational commitments.  The inclusion of an international residency at one of Cameron’s four international partner universities reflects the value that Cameron places on global education. 

International Initiatives

UNCW is one of three United States business schools to partner with four European business schools to create the TransAtlantic Business School Alliance, a dual-degree undergraduate business degree program.

Recently, CSB has broadened its portfolio of global relationships to now having over 10 partner schools, including schools in Australia, Brazil, and Turkey. The CSB has faculty and students going to most points in the world, including Professional MBA students to Europe and MSA students to China for ten-day trips.

Over 35 faculty and staff members from our partners in the International Business School Alliance (IBSA) traveled to Wilmington this past June for the annual IBSA work meetings associated with the IMBA.

As well, UNCW and the Cameron School of Business are forging partnerships with Universities from Asia.  Our first official summer program to Shanghai will occur in the summer of 2017 with Information Systems professor George Schell leading the trip.

Executive Involvement

The Cameron Executive Network (CEN) is our meritorious mentoring program which leverages the incredible talent of businesspersons, especially more recently retired senior executives and puts Cameron in its own class of business schools.  Today, CEN has nearly 235 executives mentoring over 400 CSB students on a one-on-one basis.

One of the highlights of the academic year is Business Week.  In 2016, Cameron brought to campus over 200 speakers presenting over 100 sessions.  Business Week 2017 will be held on March 28 and 29, 2017.

Professorships and Facultyships

The most useful tool a University has for attracting and retaining top-notch faculty is professorships/facultyships.  These are only possible through the foresight of donors.  Cameron Professorships and Facultyships include Dr. Susan Hermanson - Cameron Distinguished Professor of Accountancy; Dr. Tom Janicki - Duke Energy/Gordon C. Hurlbert Distinguished Professor of Information Systems; Dr. Allison Evans - EY Faculty Fellowship in Accounting Drs. Bill Kerler and Lorraine Lee -  DHG Faculty Fellowship in Accounting Dr. Drew Rosen -  Gordon Hulbert Faculty Fellowship; and Dr. Steve Harper - Duke Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship.

Applied Learning

Applied and experiential learning is a traditional strength at UNCW.  Cameron brings lessons taught in the classroom to the business world – such as the Spring Prague trip or MBA Learning Alliance.  These are opportunities for our students to excel in forward thinking curriculum, in a hands-on rich environment.  

Cameron offers opportunities for internships and job placement.  Statistics reported by our May, 2016 graduates, show those who completed an internship fared better in employment rate (37% v. 44%) and average salary ($43,782 v. $44,900).  Another point of pride is the number of Cameron graduates who go on to Graduate School – 26%.

October 29th, Cameron will host its second annual career fair, focused on employers who are interested in hiring business students.

Outreach

In addition to superior teaching and mentoring of our students, another component of the mission of CSB is to provide educational programming and services to the Southeastern North Carolina Business Community through our Swain Center.  In Cameron’s effort to serve the UNCW and local community, the Swain Center hired its first, fully-dedicated Center Director – Laura Lunsford.  An expert in mentoring, coaching and leadership development, Lunsford is a frequent consultant and speaker on the national circuit.

Fundraising

Cameron has been successful in securing three new scholarships this past year, as well as securing private donors and corporate sponsorships.  If you are interested in donating your time, talents, or treasure, I would welcome your telephone call: (910) 962-7301.