Cameron School of Business

Archived News for 2019

Update on Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems


December 2019: The Building has been officially named David S. Congdon Hall as of December 2019. There will continue to be updates to the building including an outdoor, 2nd floor patio that spans the side of the building overlooking the ponds and fresh touches to the atrium. Congdon and his wife, Helen, have made a $10 million gift commitment to the university, the largest in its history. The gift will be used to establish the “David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems.” The Computer Information Systems Building will be rededicated as David S. Congdon Hall. “I am hopeful that members of my management team and I can help craft this program into one of the leading supply chain programs in the country,” he said.

Cameron School of Business to Host 13th Annual Economic Outlook Conference

Outlook_News.png September 20: UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, in partnership with Bank of America and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, will host the 13th annual Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday October 10th, 2019. This year’s event will be held at the UNCW Burney Center where the program will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. During the conference, attendees will hear important economic forecasts, and how to best prepare themselves and others for the future.A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets & table packages for the event are currently available for purchase from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

The Economic Outlook Conference is presented by Bank of America. Learn more about the Economic Outlook Conference.

Center for Cyber Defense Education to Host First Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Colloquia in October

UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education Logo August 28: UNCW’s Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE) will host the first annual Cybersecurity Awareness Colloquia on October 18th, 2019. This one-day conference, held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, will highlight the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework), published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Colloquia will be held at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Registration for the event is now open. Space is limited to 60 public attendees and to 20 UNCW students.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Awareness Colloquia

Pi Sigma Epsilon Awarded by Professional Fraternity Association

Pi Sigma Epsilon students at award winning event August 14: Earlier this summer, Pi Sigma Epsilon submitted an entry to the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) for the "Cookin' For Kiddos" event held at Winter Park last year after Hurricane Florence. We are extremely proud to announce that this event was chosen as the Outstanding Community Service Event of the Year award from the Professional Fraternity Association!

With this recognition, the chapter is invited to send representation to accept the award in Alexandria, VA in September. The faculty and staff of the Cameron School of Business would like to share how proud we are of the students of Pi Sigma Epsilon for making a difference in our community! You all have truly earned this major accomplishment and recognition.

Learn more about the Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Marketing and Sales Fraternity

Cameron School of Business Names Dr. Nivine Richie as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Dr. Richie Nivine June 24: The Cameron School of Business is pleased to announce that Dr. Nivine Richie has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the CSB. Dr. Richie, Ph.D., CFA has most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Economics & Finance and Professor of Finance. She will begin her new appointment on July 1st, 2019.

She will be taking over for Dr. Thom Porter who has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs during the previous five years. The Cameron School of Business would like to thank Dr. Porter for his years of great work to provide timely counsel and his tireless efforts to operationalize our new online programs.

Dr. Porter will serve as Associate Dean through the end of June, and Dr. Richie will assume official capacity starting July 1st. Read More.

Register Now for YEP!

yeplogo May 22: The Youth Entrepreneurship program, sponsored by the UNCW Cameron School of Business and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, exposes students from 9th to 12th grade to a variety of developmental and engaging activities.

With plenty of opportunities to interact with UNCW students, staff, and faculty, students who participate will explore team building and leadership development in a meaningful and memorable way. Students will have the opportunity to meet local artists and community members, develop business plans, and discover various industry positions in film, writing, gaming, media, and more. Applications for YEP are due by June 8th. See full program flyer here. Limited scholarships available. Contact Jane Bailey, Program Director at for any more information. 

2018-19 Global Community Faculty Awarded to Dr. George Schell

George Schell with students in China May 6: The Global Community Award for faculty, presented annually by the Office of International Programs, honors the contributions of faculty who use their teaching, research, and/or service to foster an environment of global engagement at UNCW.

Dr. Schell has been with the Cameron School of Business for 30 years as a faculty member, department chairman, and associate dean. Since 2005 he has worked to increase cooperation between UNCW and Chinese universities and has traveled to China numerous times. He helped facilitate MOUs with Fudan University and multiple departments within Fudan, Shanghai International Studies University, and Guangdong Ocean University. He taught a short course at Fudan University for master’s students in the School of Management. He also spent a semester at Shanghai International Studies University teaching information systems majors and MBA students.

OIP and the Cameron School are honored to be able to recognize Dr. Schell's commitment to providing experiences for UNCW students in China.

SEF Names UNCW Top University Sales Center

SEF logo April 23: The UNCW Center for Sales Excellence & Customer Delight is proud to announce that UNCW has once again been named a "Top University Sales Center" by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) for 2019! Since its beginning in 2007, the non-profit Sales Education Foundation has elevated the sales profession through college and university programs. SEF proudly partners with academic trailblazers and industry professionals to establish and support effective sales education around the world. 

View the organization's annual magazine here.

WITX Educates Community on Cybersecurity

Dean Burrus, Dr. Ulku, Dr. Stoker and others at WITX 2019April 9:  This year's Wilmington Information Technology eXchange (WITX) carried a theme of cybersecurity with keynote speakers from the FBI and U.S. Cyber Command and the opening ceremony of UNCW's Center for Cyber Defense Education. This year's event broke its own attendance record again with 574 attendees. Read more about this event via the two news stories linked below, and view the photos from the event here.

Cyber Security Was Hot Topic at Wilmington Information Technology Exchange (WWAY)

UNCW Hopes To Prepare 'Cyber Warriors' To Combat Future Cyber Threats (GWBJ)

Richard Walsh Named UNCW Swain Center Director

Richard Walsh April 1: After a national search, Richard Walsh has been named director of the H. David and Diane Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development at UNCW, the university announced today. His appointment is effective April 15.

"Rich comes to us with more than 20 years of industry experience in providing advanced expertise in leadership solutions, organizational transformation and executive coaching,” said Robert Burrus, dean of the Cameron School of Business. “His unique drive for all things related to leadership and professional development makes him a perfect fit for the Swain Center."

The Swain Center offers executive and professional education programs in business while serving as a source of economic and business services for the state. As director, Walsh will manage the center’s overall strategy, growth opportunities and program resources. He will also oversee corporate and client relationships including marketing and sales.

Walsh holds a bachelor's in human resource management from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. in international marketing from the University of Dayton; and a master's certificate in business and social ethics from Harvard University.

He previously served as an executive at AT&T, IBM and GE, as well as an associate dean at the University of Dayton’s business school. Most recently, he served as a leadership solutions partner at the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development.

Connecting UNCW's knowledge and resources with the public and private sector and to contribute to the economic growth of the region are strategic priorities for UNCW. These priorities are further outlined in UNCW's Strategic Plan.

--Caroline Cropp, Office of University Relations

CSB Prepares for Business Week 2019

Business Week logoMar. 21: UNCW's Cameron School of Business will hold its 37th annual Business Week on March 26-27, 2019, continuing a unique event that began in 1982. Each year, this conference features keynote addresses by nationally and internationally known businessmen and women, as well as presentations given by representatives of the public and private business sectors.

2019 keynote speaker Chris Cox, president of Apiture, will speak on March 26, followed on March 27 by Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project. Other guest experts will present on a variety of topics throughout the event and provide CSB students with a better understanding of potential careers.

"Our event is designed to showcase our business alumni, regional and national business leaders along with CEOs of major corporations, who will share stories of success in the world of dynamic business in an ever-changing economic landscape," Business Week Chair Drew Rosen said of the event. "The Cameron School of Business’s continued focus on providing cutting-edge programs, international involvement and applied learning has allowed us to create an amazing learning environment for our students."

Typically, more than 150 speakers attend, giving students access to professional insights and the opportunity to ask questions and receive career advice. Nearly half of these speakers are Cameron alumni, allowing students the chance to see the real-life success of those who took similar paths.

"This year, we will have the largest number of speakers and sessions to-date, and the variety of topics on which the presenters will talk range greatly," said Business Week coordinator Sara Kesler. "Business Week is exciting for our students, as classes are postponed on both days and they have the opportunity to attend sessions all day."

Business Week sessions are held at every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the designated days, with the exception of lunch hour. Business Week is only open to CSB students. The full schedule of events can be found on the event's website.

--Tyler Anne Whichard '19

UNCW Business Degrees Ranked Among Top Global M.B.A. Programs by CEO Magazine

CEO Magazine RankingMar. 20:  UNCW’s Cameron School of Business is listed in the top tier among " Global M.B.A. Programs" by  CEO Magazine, while the online M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs are each ranked in the top 25. 

The university is tied for 14th on the list of top online M.B.A. programs, and the Executive M.B.A. program is tied for 22nd

"In the Cameron School, our vision is focused on excellence in all of our programs as we prepare our students for success," said Rob Burrus, dean of the Cameron School of Business. "These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of many faculty and staff members and to the quality of students our M.B.A. programs attract."

UNCW's Strategic Plan emphasizes academic excellence with a global outlook. 

CEO Magazine collected information from business schools in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Programs were evaluated based on factors including quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, faculty-to-student ratio, cost, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity and methods of delivery.

UNCW's online M.B.A. program tied for 14th with Colorado Technical University. The Executive M.B.A. program tied with Texas Christian University, the University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Oklahoma.

--Tricia Vance, UNCW OUR

UNCW Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

Mar. 13: The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s  part-time M.B.A., along with four other of UNCW's master's level programs, has made the U.S. News & World Report list of " 2020 Best Graduate Schools."

"UNCW’s commitment to growth with quality is exemplified by our graduate programs, which aim to meet the needs of the current and future workforce in North Carolina and beyond," said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. "With the recent elevation to the Carnegie classification ' Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity,' we fully expect to continue this trajectory of success."

For this ranking, U.S. News considered graduate programs that are not conducted exclusively online. The nursing, education and part-time M.B.A. rankings were based on academic and institutional data submitted by the schools, as well as peer assessment. The public administration and social work programs were ranked based on peer assessment.

This service is sponsored annually by the UNCW Department of Accountancy and Business Law and Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. UNCW's VITA program fulfills a present need in the community while offering students a chance to gain experience and a better understanding of current tax law.

More details here.

UNCW Ranked 8th in Nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs

Jan. 15: The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked  8th in the nation on the  U.S. News & World Report list of " 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs," the university announced today. 

The national recognition comes on the heels of UNCW’s recent elevation to the designation of "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity" institution in the newly released Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

"This new ranking reflects UNCW’s continued commitment to providing an affordable, high-quality education, not only for traditional students but also working professionals, military-affiliated students and others who seek the convenience and accessibility of online degree programs," said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. "UNCW continues to emphasize excellence in developing programs and modes of delivery to meet the diverse needs of our students."

Keep reading the story here.