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  Letter from the Interim Dean
   
 
Welcome to the School of Business

Welcome to the School of Business at Norfolk State University. I'm glad you're visiting our website as it gives me the opportunity to tell you a little about the School and its people. But first I'd like to give you some perspective on why you're here.

You're probably here because you are about to make one of the more important decisions of your life: Which business school to attend. Will it be an easy decision? No way! Nor should it be. That's because the degree you earn, the institution from which you earn it, and what you learn along the way will be with you for the rest of your professional life. My advice: Do your research, choose the right school, and reap the rewards for years to come. As much as I love Norfolk State, and as much as I'd like to have you join us, I only want enthusiastic and happy students. That's right, learning and growing should be fun. Hard work? Of course. But enjoyable and rewarding? You bet! Thus, I want you to consider the "fit" of the schools you're considering with your preferred learning style. Take the time to meet each school's professors. Get to know a few of their students. Speak with alumni. Did the education they received help them to realize their dreams? At a time when fewer than one in a hundred of the world's six billion people have a college degree, you're among the very lucky ones. So do your homework, choose wisely, and savor the experience. Now, a little about us.

Norfolk State's School of Business we enroll over 900 baccalaureate students in six areas of concentration: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Computer Information Systems. We're proud of our programs, and the School has distinguished itself in a number of ways. NSU was one of the nation's first Historically Black Colleges and Universities to have its business school accredited by AACSB-International, the field's premier accrediting body. AACSB accreditation serves as the hallmark of excellence in business education. We remain the region's only AACSB-accredited business school to offer a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and we are the first HBCU anywhere to have an Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program. Housed in the School's Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship, the EIRP enables our students to serve as consultants to prospective entrepreneurs as well as to actual for- and not-for-profit businesses seeking growth opportunities in the Hampton Roads area. In the case of the former, students assist hopeful entrepreneurs as they perform market research, develop business plans, investigate sources of financing, and launch their new ventures. In the latter instance, guided by clients' senior executives and NSU faculty, EIRP students develop solutions to today's complex business problems and present their recommendations to management. Our other concentrations are equally engaging, and account for the fact that NSU ranks in the top ten universities nationwide for the number of business degrees conferred upon African Americans.

At the School of Business we are committed to offering programs that serve the needs of today's students in tomorrow's economy. We are equally dedicated to preparing them for leadership roles in society. To meet our commitments, the School of Business focuses on excellence in teaching and learning. Nothing is more important than what happens in our classrooms. Our faculty members engage in scholarly and practice-oriented research, benefit from ongoing professional development, and are involved on a regular basis with the business community. It is the faculty's dedication to life-long learning and the delivery of leading-edge content that ensures our students a state-of-the-art education.

I invite you to explore our programs and to visit the Norfolk State University campus, and I welcome your questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bidhu Mohanty