School of Business and Leadership
The School of Business and Leadership offers a wide range of programs to help you succeed in the business world.
Why UC for Business?
The School of Business and Leadership offers career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to provide students a broad education, encompassing the knowledge base, analytical thought processes, ethical grounding, technology, and communication skills, and professional preparation necessary to meet the challenges of today’s fast-changing business world.
The University of Charleston’s School of Business & Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
ACBSP is a leading global accreditation body for business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Become a Leader in Your Field
The School of Business is distinguished by how it takes advantage of its location near Charleston’s business district to engage its students as partners in the learning process with top-level executives from national, regional, and local firms. Students prepare for professional careers by building extensive business networks that include CEOs, CFOs, and other officers from diverse industries who serve regularly as speakers, mentors, and experiential placement supervisors.
The School of Business & Leadership works with two groups that provide: (1) an advisory role to the Dean and Program Leaders, (2) Industry Connections with external partnerships to engage students and faculty, and (3) assistance with acquiring critical financial resources.
Business Advisory Committee
Current Business Advisory Committee Members for School of Business & Leadership
- Clinton Arnold, ’11, Executive Pastor, Abundant Life Ministries
- Ed Burton, ’80, COO, Prosperity of the Commons International
- Margi Bush, ’06, President, Wisdom Tree Coaching
- Rachel Coffman, ’11, Vice President, TSG Consulting LLC
- Dr. Glenn Crotty (Committee Chair), Executive Vice President and COO, CAMC
- John DeRito, CPA, ’71, Executive Vice President, City National Bank
- Kent George, JD, Chief Executive Officer, Robinson & McElwee
- Timothy Gibbons, CPA, Director, Brown Edwards
- Matt Kingery, JD, Counsel, Lewis Glasser PLLC
- Joseph Kusimo, Pastor, Kusimo International Group LLC
- Timothy Miller, JD, Shareholder, Babst Calland
- Bob Pepper, President, Operation and Leadership Strategies, Inc.
- Barry Pearson, ’18, Group Manager of Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV, Inc.
- Ashley Rine, Plant Manager, The Chemours Company
- Jim Strawn, Owner, Jim Strawn and Company
- Daniele Waltz, JD, Attorney, Jackson Kelly
- Don Wilson, CLTC, Managing Partner, Capitol Insurance Group
Financial Planning Advisory Committee
Current Financial Planning Advisory Committee Members for School of Business & Leadership.
- Marc D. Arnold, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
- Michael Black, Committee Chair, Partner, Jarrell Black & Co
- John Burdette, Independent Financial Advisor, Fourth Avenue Financial LLC
- Lynn Clarke, JD, Special Counsel, Bowles Rice, LLP
- Christopher Erlewine, CFP®, CRPC®, Arnett Carbis Toothman Wealth Advisors
- Rossitsa Getskova, VP/Portfolio Manager, United Bank
- David Lanham, ’64, CFP®, AIF®, Co-Founder & Managing Director, LOC Investment Advisers
- Wes Richardson, CFP®, CLU®, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual
- Shoba Sampath, ’86, CFP®, CLU®, AXA Advisors
- Drew Tardy, CLU®, ChFC®, Regional Manager and Financial Strategist, McKinley Carter Wealth Services
- Jason Thompson, ’86, ’92, MBA, Senior VP & Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
- Rick Wolford, AAMS®, CWA, First VP and Branch Manager, Hilliard Lyons
All undergraduate business majors are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one cooperative employment or internship work experience while at the University; internship experiences are required in the curriculum for majors in business analytics, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, management, sport analytics, sport business, and sport media. Internship experiences improve the marketability of graduates, often leading directly to offers of employment. Current students are enjoying placements with regional and national firms. The University’s Center for Career Development (CCD) assists students when searching for internships or cooperative employment. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the CCD for assistance.
The School of Business and Leadership offers a variety of degree and non-degree coursework that prepares students for professional certification exams, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma (Yellow, Green and Black Belts), Cybersecurity certifications (Certified Incident Handler, Certified Ethical Hacker, and Security Analyst), and more. The School also has the expertise to offer customized leadership and organizational development programs to help organizations fill gaps in employee training as organizations grow and change. Some non-degree workshops and seminars may also allow participants to earn continuing education credits.
SBL Mission Statement
The School of Business and Leadership educates and inspires individuals for a lifetime of learning, leadership, stewardship and value creation in business, government and society.
SBL Vision Statement
The School of Business and Leadership is a nationally recognized center of excellence that prepares graduates to lead courageously and ethically while creating extraordinary value in a rapidly changing global environment.
The University of Charleston and SBL Core Values
We affirm and adopt the University’s Core Values for the School of Business & Leadership.
We Are Student Focused
- We enable our students’ success.
- We celebrate their accomplishments.
- We champion and endorse our diversity.
- We live our mission.
We Have Integrity
- We promote trust and transparency.
- We respect and applaud the work of our colleagues.
- We are responsible for our actions and encourage collaboration.
- We develop character.
We Provide Quality
- We are committed to quality service.
- We strive for excellence in all we do.
- We promote a culture that inspires innovation.
- We cultivate leaders.
SBL Guiding Principles
The School of Business & Leadership recognizes and embraces the importance of relationships, dynamic capabilities, and stewardship to bring our values to life and achieve organizational excellence. Our guiding principles provide a foundation for our daily actions and work.
- We believe leaders unite us in our student-focus through relationships;therefore, we listen to understand before we act and seek to create win-win’s by synthesizing different voices.
- We believe inquiry, growth and innovation sustain quality in a rapidly changing world; therefore, we develop dynamic capabilitiesfor scanning, creativity, and learning within and across boundaries.
- We believe our integrity calls us to be good stewardsof human, intellectual, social, fiscal and physical resources; therefore, we promote a culture that fosters responsible planning, development, and accountability for our students, faculty, co-workers, and other stakeholders.
The Academic Programs at the University of Charleston are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The School of Business & Leadership is a member of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and is currently a candidate for this specialized business accreditation.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a specialized accreditation association that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs. ACBSP accredits accounting, business, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.
- ACBSP offers an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student outcomes. Because the council believes ACBSP success is driven by the success of its members, ACBSP officers and members align those programs and the accreditation process to meet the individual needs of each member.
- ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
- ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
- Additional information about ACBSP can be found at https://acbsp.org
UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PERFORMANCE
FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
GRADUATES, RETENTION AND PLACEMENT RATES 2016-2020
Graduates by Program
Fall, Spring, and Summer Graduates for each Academic Year
|BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)||ACCT||18||14||23||18||18|
|BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)||BusAdm||34||29||37||37||36|
|BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)||SPBU||10||9||10||4||8|
|Master of Business Administration||MBA||30||35||25||36||31|
|BS with Major in Organizational Leadership||BSOL||210||173||189||227||260|
|MS with Major in Strategic Leadership||MSSL||100||71||80||107||127|
|Doctor of Executive Leadership||DEL||28||4||12||24||63|
|BS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.BS||10||0||0||4||5|
|MS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.MS||17||0||4||10||20|
Fall to Fall
|BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)||ACCT||80%||81%||72%||75%||89%|
|BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)||BusAdm||75%||68%||76%||62%||75%|
|BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)||SPBU||70%||59%||54%||53%||66%|
|Master of Business Administration||MBA||90%||98%||86%||90%||91%|
|BS with Major in Organizational Leadership||BSOL||75%||62%||72%||69%||75%|
|MS with Major in Strategic Leadership||MSSL||85%||79%||86%||77%||85%|
|Doctor of Executive Leadership||DEL||90%||93%||83%||82%||84%|
|BS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.BS||70%||N/A||50%||63%||75%|
|MS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.MS||90%||N/A||89%||63%||76%|
In Job Field or Graduate School 6 Months After Graduation
|BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)||ACCT||85%||100%||100%||50%||100%|
|BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)||BusAdm||85%||75%||80%||100%||50%|
|BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)||SPBU||85%||100%||100%||N/A||N/A|
|Master of Business Administration||MBA||85%||100%||50%||100%||60%|
|BS with Major in Organizational Leadership||BSOL||85%||100%||96%||98%||97%|
|MS with Major in Strategic Leadership||MSSL||85%||100%||100%||100%||87%|
|Doctor of Executive Leadership||DEL||85%||100%||N/A||100%||75%|
|BS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.BS||85%||N/A||N/A||100%||100%|
|MS with Major in Cybersecurity||CYBER.MS||85%||N/A||N/A||100%||100%|
*Survey data for 2016 Fall and 2017 Summer is missing. Therefore, 2016-2017 Placement Rate Data only includes 2017 Spring.
**Survey data for 2017 Fall and 2017 Summer is missing. Therefore, 2017-2018 Placement Rate Data only includes 2018 Spring and 2018 Summer.
Meet the Leadership
Meet the School of Business and Leadership faculty and staff.
Meet the Leadership
Meet the School of Business and Leadership faculty and staff.
Associate Professor and Program Director, Management
UC Professor, Dean of the Division of Continuing and Professional Education, and Associate Dean of the School of Business & Leadership