Terry College of Business

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Terry College of Business
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Established 1912[1]
Type Public
Interim Dean Charles B. Knapp [2]
Academic staff 136 (full-time)
33 (part-time)[2]
Students 3,346[2]
Undergraduates 2,764[2]
Postgraduates 514[2]
Doctoral students 68[2]
Location Athens, Georgia, US
Website terry.uga.edu

The C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business is the business school at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The Terry College is the flagship business school in the state of Georgia and one of 17 schools and colleges at the oldest state-chartered public university in the country.[1]

Consistently ranked among the nation's top business schools, the Terry College is home to several top 10 programs, including risk management and insurance, real estate, management information systems, and accounting, according to U.S. News & World Report and Public Accounting Report. All programs are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The University of Georgia was the first Southern university – and one of the first in the United States – to establish a school of business.[1]

The Terry College MBA Program is often recognized as a top graduate business program. The Terry MBA is offered as a full-time degree on campus in Athens, as a weeknight MBA for fast-track professionals in Gwinnett County and in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, and as an Executive MBA in Buckhead.

History[edit]

"Next to farming, more men enter business than any other occupation; yet there is not an institution [in the] South...that offers a course for such students."[3]

- Joseph Stewart on the need of business education at the University of Georgia in his Annual Report to Chancellor Walter B. Hill (1904)

The Terry College was founded as "the School of Commerce" in 1912 by the state’s Board of Regents, making it the oldest business school in the South.[1] The early years of the school were "fragile" as the program struggled to acquire faculty and funding to serve the several students who had declared their intention to pursue the new Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree.[3] The first such degree was awarded in 1915 to Willis Brazeal Sparks.[3]

The school became known as the College of Business Administration from 1940 until 1991, when it was renamed the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, honoring the late Herman Terry, and his wife, Mary Virginia, who as benefactors have endowed faculty chairs, research fellowships, scholarships, and funded facility upgrades.[4]

Charles B. Knapp, President Emeritus, University of Georgia
Years Dean
1920–1945 Robert Preston Brooks
1945–1947 Alvin B. Biscoe
1947–1948 Robert T. Segrest (Interim)
1948–1962 James E. Gates
1962–1968 J. Whitney Bunting
1968 Robert T. Segrest (Interim)
1968–1982 W.C. Flewellen Jr.
1982–1996 Albert W. Niemi Jr.
1996–1998 James Don Edwards (Interim)
1998–2007 P. George Benson
2007 Robert E. Hoyt (Interim)
2007–2012 Robert T. Sumichrast
2013–Present Charles B. Knapp (Interim)


Degrees offered[edit]

Terry College offers an undergraduate program, four master's degrees, including three MBA offerings, and eight doctoral degree tracks.[5]

Terry MBA's on an International Business program trip to China, spring 2010

Full-Time MBA[edit]

The Terry Full-Time MBA Program is currently only offered at the Athens campus. The full-time program is offered to any student regardless of previous bachelor's degree majors. Terry's Full-Time MBA Program is four semesters long, fall and spring semesters only. Students take core curriculum classes in their first year of the MBA Program, including leadership, ethics, accounting, economics, business law, MIS, finance, etc. Students are also allowed to take one elective course in the second semester of their first year. The second year is focused entirely upon elective courses to round out the business experience and fundamental business curriculum. MBA students are encouraged to complete an Internship in their Summer semester between their first and second year.

Admissions for the Incoming Class for 2008 are as follows:

  • GPA - 3.41/4.0 avg
  • GMAT - 667 avg
  • TOEFL (International Only) - 109 avg
  • WORK EXPERIENCE - 4.8 years avg

(Terry requires at least 2 years of work experience prior to applying to the Full-Time MBA Program)

The MBA Career Management Center offers assistance with internships, job placement, career coaching and networking events.

Certificate Programs[edit]

Institute for Leadership Advancement[edit]

Viacom's Jimmy Barge meets with students following his Terry Leadership Speaker Series presentation, January 2010

The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the Terry College of Business was established in 2001. ILA provides students with self-assessments, coaching/mentoring, action learning and feedback focused on the development of greater emotional competence. Two undergraduate leadership programs form the centerpiece of ILA programming: The Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership (for students in any UGA major) and the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (for Terry College majors).

ILA hosts the Terry Leadership Speaker Series, which brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their leadership styles and experiences.

Music Business[edit]

The Music Business Certificate Program was launched in January 2006 as a response to the growing music and entertainment industry in the state of Georgia. In starting the program, co-director Bruce Burch often said Atlanta is now recognized as the "fourth music center" in the country behind New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and is growing rapidly as a hotbed for music and film production.[6] About 100 students were enrolled in the certificate program in 2009-10, and another 75 students took the new Introduction to Music Business course in Fall 2009.

Students can earn an interdisciplinary certificate in music business by receiving a hands-on education about subjects like music and business fundamentals, copyright issues, creative content, artist management and production and technology. Music and entertainment industry executives are brought in from across the country to speak to classes, providing not only "real world" perspective, but also networking opportunities.

In August 2010, David Barbe was named the interim director of the music business program and was appointed director on a permanent basis in March 2011.[7]

Entrepreneurship[edit]

Terry Entrepreneurship is directed by Chris Hanks and focuses on the four key tasks of entrepreneurship: opportunity identification, resource acquisition and deployment, goal setting and strategy formulation, and implementation. This highly active concentration hosts a multitude of seminars and events on and off the UGA campus, including "UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur Competition" and "UGA Startups."

UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur was dubbed the "American Idol" of business plan competitions by Hanks. Both a competition and a seminar series lasting the full academic year, UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur is open to all UGA students. Competitors participate in a series of interactive seminars and individual coaching sessions focused on starting a business. The first year of competition (2008–09) resulted in eight businesses being launched, $212,000 of actual revenue, and a round of angel funding.

The UGA Startups series was designed for entrepreneurs to have access to some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Topics include innovation, funding, opportunity analysis, business communications, purchasing businesses, franchising, and much more. UGA Startups events are held at the Terry Executive Education Center.

Executive Programs[edit]

The Terry Executive Education Center offers business professionals value-added education with certification and development programs in areas such as Financial Planning Certification, Human Resources Leadership, Project Management, and Business Analysis.

Rankings[edit]

Current Rankings[edit]

Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[8] 57
U.S. News & World Report[9] 28
U.S. MBA
Bloomberg Businessweek[10] 36
U.S. News & World Report[11] 57
Worldwide MBA
Economist[12] 40 (US only)
Financial Times[13] 50 (US only)

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Risk Management and Insurance: No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report

Real Estate: No. 4 by U.S. News & World Report

Management Information Systems (MIS): No. 12 by U.S. News & World Report

Accounting: No. 10 by Public Accounting Report and No. 16 by U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Programs[edit]

Management Information Systems (MIS): No. 14 by U.S. News & World Report

Accounting: No. 11 by Public Accounting Report

Campuses[edit]

Athens[edit]

The Terry College of Business is located on the historic North Campus of the University of Georgia and comprises three buildings: Brooks Hall, Sanford Hall, and Caldwell Hall.

Brooks Hall on the North Campus of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Brooks Hall, designed by prominent Atlanta architect Neel Reid, was built in 1928. It was known as the Commerce-Journalism Building before being renamed in 1974 for Robert Preston Brooks, the college’s first dean. Brooks Hall houses the dean’s office, a 300-seat auditorium and about 260 faculty and staff offices. The original structure was seriously damaged by fire in 1995 and restored a year later.[1]

Funded through private gifts and dedicated in 1997, Sanford Hall has a student lounge and 13 seminar rooms and classrooms with seating capacity ranging from 10 to 330. It also houses the Institute for Leadership Advancement. The building accommodates wireless computer access, and every desktop in Sanford Hall — 900 seats in all — is equipped with a network connection for laptops.[1]

Caldwell Hall was built in 1981. The classroom technology in the seven-story building has been upgraded to match Sanford Hall.[1]

Atlanta[edit]

The Terry College of Business has three satellite campuses located in Gwinnett, Griffin, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

The Terry College’s “home away from home” in Atlanta is the Terry Executive Education Center located in Buckhead neighborhood.[1]

The Executive and Fast Track Professional MBA programs are offered at the center in addition to non-degree programs such as the executive program for Financial Planning Certification. The center also acts as a focal point and meeting place for Terry students, alumni, faculty and staff to interact with Atlanta’s business community. Designed and constructed with an eye toward maximizing each student’s educational experience, the center features tiered executive classrooms, conference rooms, break-out meeting spaces and interview suites. Also included is office space for faculty and staff, as well as the college’s Executives-in-Residence.[1]

The University of Georgia’s degree programs in Gwinnett, including the Terry Evening MBA and Master of Internet Technology, are housed in Buildings A, B and C of Georgia Gwinnett College, just off Interstate 85 at Sever Road in Lawrenceville.[1]

UGA’s Griffin campus, located 40 miles (64 km) south of Atlanta, was established as the Georgia Experiment Station in 1888 and is the site of Terry’s newest Bachelor of Business Administration program.[1]

Prominent Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "A Peek at the Past: 1912-2002, Celebrating the Oldest Business School in the South, 90 Years in Business". Terry Magazine. Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. Fall 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Terry College Fast Facts". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Howard R. Smith. "We Did it Our Way: The University of Georgia College of Business Administration". University of Georgia. 
  4. ^ "Terry College Fast Facts". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Terry College of Business department listing". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  6. ^ http://onlineathens.com/stories/091606/living_20060916010.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/news/releases/2011/barbe-director.html
  8. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: Undergraduate". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Best Undergraduate Business Programs". U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  10. ^ "Business School Rankings and Profiles: MBA". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Best Business Schools". U.S. News & World Report. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Which MBA". The Economist. 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  13. ^ "Global MBA Rankings". Financial Times. 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 

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