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The current building, first occupied by the Parker College of Business in 1995, has not undergone significant renovations since its construction more than 20 years ago with the exception of minor touch ups including new paint, carpet and furniture.
At the time of its construction, the current building cost approximately $16 million and enrollment in the Parker College of Business was around 2,000 students. Currently, enrollment is 3,600 students, and business education has become increasingly competitive. Many other business schools at comprehensive universities across the nation, like Georgia Southern, have announced renovations and expansions or are building new buildings. The average size of these new buildings is 160,000 square feet, and the average cost is $66 million. To remain competitive, the College of Business at Georgia Southern University needs to invest approximately $10 million in its facility.
In its golden anniversary, the Parker College of Business seeks to address the need for cutting-edge space with a three-phase plan. The building, which was built before the use of the Internet in classroom instruction, needs to be retrofitted to support the full functionality required for leading-edge instruction. Classroom layout and design needs to be updated to provide greater instructional flexibility. In addition to renovations within the building, the Parker College of Business will also expand the current footprint by adding an atrium and a financial learning lab to increase visual appeal and flexibility. The atrium, which will be called The Hub, will offer students a space and an atmosphere that encourages collaboration and networking. The financial learning lab will provide a customized facility for studying financial markets, monetary policy, financial securities, investment vehicles and other related topics. The lab will feature the newest technology and provide a venue for guest lecturers, student competitions, board meetings and recruiting events.
The renovation and expansion of the building will enable the College to move forward competitively in attracting students, faculty, businesses and donors. For more information, please contact Bill Slayton at 912-478-2277 or email BuildingALegacy@GeorgiaSouthern.edu.
List of Contributors
|Gary D. Baker (MKTG ’71)|
|Bernice Banks (ACCT ’77)|
|Jarvis Barnes (IS ’78)|
|Teri S. Brennan|
|Gariel and Sue Cox (BUS ’76)|
|Don (BUS ’78) and Carole Clemens Cox (ACCT ’78)|
|Mark Donato, II (IT ’07)|
|David Robert Edwards (ACCT ’86)|
|Cedric D. Henry (MGMT ’84)|
|Donald Howard (BUS ’73)|
|Michael Johnson (MBA ’07) and Emily Johnson (PUB ADMN ’97)|
|Thomas (ACCT ’73) and Victoria N. Jones (FD & NUTR ’80)|
|Josh (ACCT ’96) and Ashley Lane|
|Cary (ACCT ’72) and Ellen Payne Long (COE ’72)|
|Sanford Loyd (ACCT ’77, MBA ’93)|
|J.T. Marburger (MGMT ’84)|
|William “Billy” (IM ’83, MBA ’90) and Kimberly Fleming McLeod (ADM ’82)|
|Michael F. Pannullo (IS ’80)|
|Sharon Jester Ponder (ACCT ’94)|
|Michael Sanders (MKTG ’81)|
|Ralph Sikes (IS ’84)|
|Lee Smalley III (MGMT ’80)|
|Thomas (MKTG ’69) and Jane Tharpe (MKTG ’69)|
|Ronald (MKTG ’68) and Rebecca Tiller (SOC ’69)|
|Kris (ACCT ’95) and Beverly Trainor (JS ’96)|
|Michael (CS ’91) and Carol Waller (ENG ’93)|
|Faculty & Staff|
|Annual Tuition (includes all fees; does not include books, residence fees & meal plans)|
*based on 15 credit hours per semester for 3 semesters (Fall, Spring & Summer)
|FY18 Award Amount|
|#3||Parker College of Business ranked for Business and Management Education Research||Journal of Education for Business|
|#4||Best College for Business in Georgia||Niche.com/colleges|
|#4||Best College for Accounting and Finance in Georgia||Niche.com/colleges|
|#6||Best Online Programs: Master in Economics||TheBestSchools.org|
|#13||Parker College of Business ranked for the Online Master’s in Accounting Program (WebMAcc)||Master’s in Accounting|
|#15||The Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management ranked 15th in the world for empirically-focused research publications in leading supply chain management journals.||The SCM Journal List|
|#15||Online MBA one of the most affordable online MBA degree programs.||BestCollegesOnline.com|
|#18||Best Online MBA Program||Poets&Quants|
|#18||The 50 Best Online MBA Programs||TheBestSchools.org|
|#24||Best Online Master’s Accounting Degree Program||Master’s Programs Guide|
|Top 50||Best Online MBA Program||U.S. News & World Report|
|Top 50||Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA)||U.S. News & World Report|
Parker College of Business Points of Pride
AACSB accredited since 1977.
AACSB recognized alumnus Major General Leslie C. Smith (ACCT, ’85) as a 2018 Influential Leader.
Two Parker College of Business alumni received the AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award.
The Georgia Southern SHRM Student Chapter was named the Georgia Chapter of the Year and received another Superior Merit Award.
SAP University Alliance institution.
Last updated: 9/21/2021