Entrepreneurship Program Receives High Ranking
Baylor’s already well-recognized Entrepreneurship Program at the Hankamer School of Business leaped forward in this year’s rankings, placing 12th in the nation among undergraduate programs in a release from Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Kendall Artz serves as the department chair and director of the Entrepreneurship Program.
MBA Teams from Nine Universities Vie in Baylor University’s National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership
Teams of MBA students from nine schools around the nation competed during the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum at Baylor. Over a three-day period, the teams studied an ethical business dilemma and were given the opportunity to present their solutions before a panel of judges. Baylor University earned first place honors in the competition, while the University of Washington came in second and Pepperdine University’s team placed third.
Baylor’s Executive MBA Program Earns Recognition
Baylor’s Executive MBA Program was ranked #1 for International Course Experience by the Financial Times 2008 EMBA Rankings. The program also ranked #1 for Women’s Enrollment. Baylor operates Executive MBA programs on campuses in both Dallas and Austin.
Baylor Opens Curb Learning Lab for Music & Entertainment Marketing
The dedication ceremony marking the official opening of the new Curb Learning Lab for Music & Entertainment Marketing at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business was held in August. Mike Curb, philanthropist and founder of Curb Records; Terry Hemmings, president and CEO of Provident Music Group, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and one of Christian music’s Big Three; and Mark Funderburg, president of Word Distribution, overseeing distribution of Word Records, Curb Records, Big Idea (VeggieTales), Slanted Music, Fervent Records, Word Music, 20th Century Fox, Universal Home Video and other key labels; took part in the activities to dedicate the new learning facility, which primarily provides a home for the Music & Entertainment Marketing program at the Business School.
Outstanding Faculty and Staff Named
For the 2007-2008 school year, the following top faculty and staff were recognized by the dean: Hatt Fadal and Julie LaStrape were recognized as outstanding staff; Dr. David VanHoose was honored as Distinguished Professor; Dr. Brett Wilkinson and Susan Etheredge received the Teaching Excellence Award; and Dr. Soku Byoun received the Young Researcher Award.
Brett Wilkinson Named Outstanding Educator
Brett Wilkinson was honored with the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (TSCPA) 2008 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. The award recognizes Texans who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession.
ConocoPhillips Awards Baylor Professors $40K Grants
As part of its Faculty Sponsorship Program, ConocoPhillips awarded Gia Chevis, assistant professor of Accounting; and Hope Koch, assistant professor of Information Systems; $40,000 grants to further enhance university programs in their respective fields. Tom Potts Named President-Elect of FPA The Financial Planning Association’ (FPA’) named Tom Potts, Ph.D., CFP’, as president-elect for 2009. Potts serves as professor of Finance and director of the Financial Services program at Baylor.
New Additions to Development Staff
Kevin Ludlum, Ph.D., a ’93 Baylor alumnus, was named the executive director of development for Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business this past August. Kevin coordinates all fundraising efforts for the Business School. Greg Davis, a 2002 Baylor alumnus, was also added as director of development.
“My job is to connect resource and need,” Ludlum said. “I am always looking for opportunities for our alumni, friends and family to make the Hankamer School of Business even better. Whether it is through a new scholarship, annual contributions to our various excellence funds, creating endowments to support academic programs or an endowed faculty position, everyone has the opportunity to invest in the future of the Business School.”
Baylor Business Review, Spring 2009