N.C. Central University maintains prestigious AACSB business accreditation
Durham — The N.C. Central University School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 672 business schools in 50 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 178 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.
NCCU School of Business Dean D. Keith Pigues expressed immense gratitude for the contributions of faculty, staff, university administration and the School of Business’ Board of Visitors. “This accreditation is the result of a committed effort and collaborative process for the past year and a half,” said Pigues during a reception to celebrate the accreditation reaffirmation on March 28. “It is proof that the NCCU School of Business is an elite business school.”
The School of Business originally received accreditation in 2006. Under the direction of Pigues, the mission, vision and direction of the School of Business has been repositioned to meet the needs of ever-changing industries and student populations.
Included in the strategic repositioning efforts was the introduction of a Dean’s Global Series, which featured some of industry’s leading experts in topics ranging from marketing to public relations to healthcare.
The School of Business has also been recognized for its community outreach, which has been extended to high school students through the Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Participants attend lectures taught by host NCCU professors and local business leaders, attend corporate visits to gain exposure to the application of business principles in the real world and facilitate business plan development and team competitions with participants to derive a business plan for a new idea.
The Venture Challenge also was designed and introduced to School of Business students last year to encourage entrepreneurial and consultative enterprises. Students develop both the plan and implementation of strategic insights for new business ventures from submissions made by their peers.
To learn more about N.C. Central University visit www.nccu.edu/business.
Two from Duke, one from UNC selected as Truman scholars
Patrick Oathout and Jacob Tobia, students at Duke University, and William Gray Lindsey of Durham, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are among 62 students selected this year as Truman Scholars.
Truman Scholars are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, high academic achievement and a commitment to a career in public service and advocacy sectors.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation received 629 nominations from 293 schools.
Oathout and Tobia both are juniors at Duke.
“Duke University is proud to have two students named as 2013 Truman Scholars,” said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead. “Jacob and Patrick have both demonstrated leadership as advocates for human rights and equality. Their commitment to public service is exemplary and will have an impact far beyond our campus.”
A double major in public policy studies and philosophy, Oathout plans to pursue a joint graduate degree in law and foreign service. His focus will be international relations, security and refugee and humanitarian emergencies.
Oathout, who is from Houston, Texas, is the founder and president of Duke Colloquium Fellows. Last summer he served as an English teacher for the Women’s Federation for World Peace in Amman, Jordan. He was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University for “Uhuru,” a mobile application Oathout developed for refugees to advertise entrepreneurial activity.
Tobia, a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar and Point Foundation Scholar, is a native of Raleigh. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in human rights advocacy. He intends to use the Truman scholarship to pursue a joint graduate degree in law and public administration, with a concentration in international human rights law and international relations.
In December 2012, Tobia gained national media attention through his Run for Shelter campaign, during which he ran across the Brooklyn Bridge in high heels to raise money for homeless LGBT youths impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Tobia founded a coalition, Duke Together Against Constitutional Discrimination, to stand against the North Carolina General Assembly’s call for a referendum on Amendment One, an amendment to the state constitution that denies same-sex couples legal recognition.
On campus, Tobia is president of the undergraduate LGBT student group Blue Devils United, former director of LGBTQ Policy and Affairs for Duke Student Government, and co-president and founder of Duke Students for Gender Neutrality. He worked as a human rights intern for the United Nations Foundation during his junior year and has also worked at Sonke Gender Justice Network in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action in Johannesburg.
Lindsey, a history and political science major and entrepreneurship minor, is the son of Martin and AraLu Lindsey of Durham. He has studied abroad in Oxford and London through Honors Carolina. Lindsey plans to pursue a joint-degree program in law and public administration. He is the 30th winner from UNC-Chapel Hill since the program began in 1977.
After graduate school, he hopes to work for a North Carolina senator or representative in Washington, D.C. He also would like to serve as legal counsel for the General Assembly. He has researched a wide range of issues, though he has a particular interest in energy policy. He says he is passionate about constructing good public policy for the people of North Carolina. He also may run for political office one day. “It’s immensely important to have an educated and balanced academic driving North Carolina policy,” he said.
On campus, Lindsey is the chair of the Carolina Advocacy Committee, a student group that lobbies the General Assembly. He served as vice president of the Interfraternity Council, chairman of the Greek Judicial Board and as a finance committee member of Student Congress.
A graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., he volunteered with the Duke Morris Cancer Clinic, Meals on Wheels and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Chosen scholars for the Truman Scholarship receive $30,000 for graduate study, priority admission and supplemental financial aid to top graduate programs.
Paulson named chairman of Duke’s Department of Radiology
DURHAM – Erik Paulson will return to the Duke University School of Medicine as chairman of the Department of Radiology, after serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Paulson was educated and trained at Duke, and spent 20 years as a faculty member with increasing responsibilities and leadership roles. Before joining MD Anderson in 2012, he was named Duke’s division chief of abdominal imaging in 2001 and vice chairman of the Department of Radiology in 2009.
“Dr. Paulson’s knowledge of Duke and of the national and international radiology landscape, his commitment to excellence, and his collaborative spirit make him an exceptional leader for the Department of Radiology,” said Nancy C. Andrews, dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “I am thrilled that Erik is returning to Duke to take on this important role.”
An author on more than 176 publications, Paulson’s work reflects his collaborative approach to clinical care and research. His contributions to peer-reviewed publications, his clinical practice, and his leadership in professional societies have earned respect within and beyond radiology circles.
“I am committed to listening, learning, and navigating progress within Duke radiology,” Paulson said. “My goals are to maintain areas of excellence, introduce new initiatives to meet evolving demands, address the impacts of a changing healthcare environment, and nurture collaboration that is essential for clinical and research excellence in a major medical center.”
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