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Dean Robert Burrus Welcome and Update

Fall 2018

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, 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.

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, Business AnalyticsEconomics, 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.

Enrollment in Cameron’s graduate programs – Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA), Online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) and Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems (MSCSIS) – continues to grow. In addition, 2018 has brought two new specialized master's degrees to this distinguished lineup - a Master of Science in Finance & Investment Management (MSF) and a Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA). Both of these programs are fully online, allowing students the flexibility to balance their professional and educational commitments. We welcome our first cohorts this fall.

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 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.

In addition, nine faculty and staff members traveled to Bremen, Germany this past June to meet with our International Business School Alliance (IBSA) partners for the annual IBSA work meetings associated with the IMBA.

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 2018, Cameron brought to campus over 200 speakers presenting over 100 sessions.  Business Week 2019 will be held on March 28 and 29, 2019.

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; 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.  

Cameron offers opportunities for internships and job placement. Statistics reported by our May, 2018 graduates show those who completed an internship fared better in employment rate (37% v. 41%). Another point of pride is the number of Cameron graduates who go on to Graduate School – 24%.

On September 19th, Cameron will participate in its 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 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.

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.