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Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business

College of Business and Technology

Major Accomplishments

During his eighteen years as dean of the ETSU College of Business, Dr. Spritzer worked with the faculty, university administration, regional business community and others to develop and implement strategic plans for the continuous improvement of the school's teaching, research, and public service programs and for accreditation by AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Initial AACSB accreditation of ETSU's baccalaureate and master's programs in business administration was achieved in 1987.

In 1990 the College of Business achieved AACSB reaccreditation of the BBA and MBA programs as well as initial accreditation of the bachelor's and master's programs in accounting (MAcc). At the time, only 53 schools in the nation had accredited master's programs in accounting and only 11 of these schools, including ETSU, did not offer a doctoral program in business or accounting.

From 1981 to 1999 the number of full-time faculty in the College of Business increased from 42 to 57. Doctorally qualified faculty increased from 27 to 51.

A major revision of the College's MBA program in 1993 brought recognition in the region and internationally and increased graduate enrollment. Featured are an integrated curriculum and a culminating experience for MBA students which provides faculty-mentored student consulting teams for business and other organizations in the region.

Partnerships with a number of academic units on the ETSU campus resulted in beneficial curriculum innovations and the restructuring of existing programs. Included were the development of a Computer Integrated Manufacturing Program with the College of Applied Science and Technology, the development of a new Master of Public Management Program embracing the City Management program from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the development of graduate level programming in health care in conjunction with the College of Nursing and the College of Public and Allied Health which culminated in an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management.

The activities of the college's outreach units and programs and faculty experts were fostered and gained recognition for providing valuable service to the region. These units include the Center for Banking, the Small Business Development Center, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Center for Management and Professional Development, the AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business and Technology and the college's Business Internship Program, as well as the MBA student consulting teams, mentioned above.

A College of Business Board of Advisors comprised of business leaders in the region was established to provide advice, good will, and financial support for the college's programs.

Working with the ETSU Development Office, over $3,000,000 was raised for two endowed chairs and one annually funded chair; The Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business, The AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business and Technology, and The ETSU Chair of Banking.

To support a newly-established College of Business Honors Program and other scholarship needs, a concentrated effort began in 1995 to increase scholarship endowment support for College of Business students. This effort raised over $1,000,000 in one year.

In pursuit of the college's growing emphasis on the international dimensions of business, exchange relationships were initiated with three German institutions; in Rostock, Bremen and Karlsruhe. Support was also generated for international study by several faculty members via non-instructional assignments and travel for overseas academic and professional presentations. During the period from 1994 to 1999, two College of Business faculty members received Fulbright Foundation Foreign Scholar Awards to study abroad, and the college received a grant of over $300,000 from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) to establish and coordinate a seven school Transatlantic Business School Alliance.

In addition, noteworthy volunteer service in AACSB accreditation activities resulted in a two year term (1995-1997) as chairman of the AACSB Candidacy Committee, an appointment which carried with it concurrent membership on the AACSB Business Accreditation Committee. These activities helped to provide national and international recognition for ETSU's College of Business.

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