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Business Administration & Economics

Welcome to the Department of Business Administration and Economics Webpage! As one of the largest academic units at Fort Valley State University, we are very proud of the students, faculty, staff and alumni affiliated with the Department of Business Administration and Economics.

The mission of the business administration and economics program is to provide students with high quality education that emphasizes current knowledge, skills, ethical principles, professional development, and global market place understanding.

The Department of Business Administration and Economics carries out its mission through its commitment to the following guiding principles and values:

  • We are committed to excellence and to providing students with a high quality learning experience.
  • We are dedicated to providing all our customers with the best possible service
  • We review current practices in order to maintain high quality and to pursue excellence. We are dedicated to continuous improvement.
  • We believe in “strength through diversity.” We shall always strive to recruit and retain highly qualified and diverse students and faculty.
  • We will maintain a student-centered learning environment that relies on accessible faculty teaching small classes and utilizing collaborative and active learning methods.
  • We take responsibility to be accountable for our actions
  • We are open and transparent.
  • We are dedicated to the highest ethical standards and to dealing with all of our stakeholder with integrity.
  • We are committed to shared governance.

Our students major in accounting, economics, general business, marketing, or management. They have the opportunity to participate in a number of professional business organizations and many also choose to intern prior to graduation.
We provide a solid preparation in business principles to prepare students for the world of employment.

We would love to hear from you and invite you to contact us. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

Contact:

Department of Business Administration and Economics
Phone: (478) 825-6270

  • The Department of Business Administration and Economics is the largest academic department of Fort Valley State University. It offers undergraduate degree programs in business that leads to BBA in Accounting, General Business, Management, Marketing, and BA in Economics. Our program is designed to educate and train students to prepare them for the culturally diverse, competitive, and dynamic global business environment. Beyond course contents, emphasis is also placed in the areas of computer skills, conceptual and problem solving skills, written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal, teambuilding and leadership skills.

  • Our diverse faculty with outstanding academic qualifications and business experience serve as key to the overall learning process. In addition to teaching excellence, our faculty members are also actively involved in research, scholarship, and service activities.

    Dr. Samuel Gyapong, Professor and Department Chair
    Area of Instruction: Logistic and Supply Chain
    Office: (478) 825-6732
    e-mail: gyapongs@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Dr. Richard Brand, Associate Professor
    Area of Instruction: Marketing
    Office: (478) 825-6938
    e-mail: brandr@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. David Clarke, Adjunct Professor
    Area of Instruction: General Business
    e-mail: clarked@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Dr. Regina Ivory-Butts, Assistant Professor
    Area of Instruction: Accounting
    Office: (478) 822-1269
    e-mail: ivoryr@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. Stacey McNeil, Instructor
    Area of Instruction: Management
    e-mail: mcneils@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. Walter Milton, Instructor
    Area of Instruction: Marketing
    e-mail: miltonw@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Dr. Mack Nelson, Professor
    Area of Instruction: Economics
    e-mail: nelsonm@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. David Salone, Instructor
    Area of Instruction: Logistic and Supply Chain
    e-mail: saloned@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. Thomas Smith, Assistant Professor
    Area of Instruction: Accounting
    Office: (478) 825-6270/6721
    e-mail: smitht@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Dr. Michelle Thomas Drew, Adjunct Professor
    Area of Instruction: General Business
    e-mail: thomasm@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

    Prof. Christopher Torrance, Assistant Professor
    Area of Instruction: Management
    Office: (478) 825-6910
    e-mail: torrancec@fvsu.edu
    Fax Number: (478) 825-3025

  • Students and faculty are actively involved in the Marketing Club, ENACTUS and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). These clubs sponsor seminars, field trips, and interact closely with industry. These activities provide students with excellent opportunities for networking with the professional community.

  • Our graduates find jobs in corporations, public sector agencies, and leading accounting firms. Some graduates pursue entrepreneurial ventures to start their own business and some pursue graduate studies. The department in collaboration with the Counseling and Career Development Center actively pursues all possible employment and internship opportunities for the students.

  • In addition to the University level financial aid for students, our department offers a number of scholarships for outstanding students. For more information, please contact the department at (478) 825-6270.

  • Fort Valley State University is a public comprehensive 1890 land-grant institution serving Georgia and the rest of the world. The university accepts as its mission the provision of instruction, research, extension, and other public service programs. It is one of the 35 units in the University System of Georgia offering 42 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Fort Valley State University with its 1,375 acres provides a variety of computing facilities, distance learning classrooms, multimedia labs, electronic classrooms and individual workstations. The department has its own computer lab.

 
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