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Dean Robert Burrus Welcome and Update

2020

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, service 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.

Even during this time of COVID-19, the CSB is hard at work preparing for the fall semester. We are convinced that we will prepare classes filled with the excellence anticipated of the Cameron School. 

Even though our lives in Cameron have been disrupted, there are bright spots! Poets and Quants has ranked the Cameron School of Business 59 out of 97 on their list of the top undergraduate business schools in the nation for 2020, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has recently continued our top-flight accreditation for another five years. Below, I share with you the benefits of a Cameron education.

Excellent Programs

AACSB accreditation is the gold standard accreditation for schools of business with fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide holding this distinction. Achieving this prestigious validation means that Cameron has met and surpassed rigorous standards for quality in all our programs, that our programs are highlighted by experiential learning, and that students learn material most relevant to their field of study and to today’s workforce. In addition, AACSB schools interact with more employer recruiters and place graduates with excellent salaries.

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, Business Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Finance, General Business, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management and Leadership, Marketing Strategy, Professional Selling, and Supply Chain Management.

As well, enrollment in Cameron’s graduate programsProfessional Master of Business Administration (PMBA), Online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)*, Online MBA (OMBA)*, International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems (MSCSIS) , Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management (MSF)* and Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)* - continues to grow and will shortly surpass 700 students. The growth is happening primarily in our online programs; and applications for the MBA are considered every seven weeks

*denotes online curriculum

International Initiatives

UNCW is one of the few 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.

CSB has broadened its portfolio of global relationships to now having over 10 partner schools, including universities in Australia, Brazil, and Turkey. The CSB has faculty and students going to most points in the world, including Executive MBA students pursuing innovative residencies to Europe and Asia.

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 250 executives mentoring over 400 CSB students on a one-on-one basis. 

One of the highlights of the academic year is Business Week. Sadly, the CSB was forced to cancel Business Week for this year to protect the safety of our community among the COVID-19 outbreak, but we hope to bring it back in full force in 2021.

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. Craig Galbraith, Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship; Dr. Allison Evans - EY Faculty Fellowship in Accounting; Drs. Bill Kerler and Lorraine Lee - DHG Faculty Fellowship in Accounting; and Dr. Drew Rosen - Gordon Hulbert Faculty Fellowship.

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, the MBA Learning Alliance and FIN 440 in which students manage the $1.7 million BB&T investment fund. These are opportunities for our students to excel in forward thinking curriculum, in a hands-on rich environment.

 The Accounting and Business Law department once again participated in the Internal Revenue Service Sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 16 Master’s in Accounting students participated in the program this year, completing IRS training and certification exams. Before being cancelled due to COVID-19, UNCW’s VITA services assisted approximately 80 taxpayers with filing their 2019 tax returns.

Outreach

In addition to superior teaching and mentoring of our students, another component of the mission of the 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 offers both open enrollment and custom executive development programs as well as economic services to the region, including a quarterly Economic Barometer newsletter and the annual Economic Outlook Conference each fall.

 The UNCW Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has been meeting virtually with businesses throughout southeast NC to provide assistance with continuity planning, disaster capital, and other crisis management. The experienced SBTDC business advisory team offers confidential, in-depth business counseling to small- to mid-sized company business owners and to entrepreneurs preparing to launch their next venture. Most services are free of charge due to the federal and state funding received by UNCW, and all are confidential. The 890,000+ small businesses in NC employ 1.6 million people – including our graduates – and account for 60% of the private sector workforce and 45% of the Gross State Product. Small business survival and recovery are delicate during COVID-19 and SBTDC is helping to guide the way. For the most up-to-date, verified recovery information for small businesses, visit www.sbtdc.org/coronavirus.

Fundraising

Cameron has been successful in securing many 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.