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IN 1963, Florida Governor C. Farris Bryant signed a bill which officially created the University of Central Florida. When classes began in 1968, the charter enrollment in the College of Business Administration was 255 students and 12 faculty members. Today, UCF is the second-largest university in the nation. We certainly have increased in size, but more importantly, we have increased the quality of our programs, our students, our faculty and our facilities. We are proud of our accomplishments and will continue to build on our success.

A MESSAGE from the Dean

When people think of UCF, they think “BIG!” It’s true we are one of the nation’s largest universities and business schools. But BIG also describes the opportunities we have for students to realize their dreams, the commitment of our faculty to learning and the success of our graduates. Whether you have a BIG dream to start your own business like Alex Gramatikas, or travel the world like Ali BetroneHarpst, our award-winning faculty have helped thousands get there. People like Donna Bobek Schmitt, Cameron Ford, Richard Lapchick, and Carolyn Massiah have BIG ideas that engage students and transform lives. The result is BIG success stories from alumni like Merrell Bailey and Dean Caravelis, who demonstrate how business gets done. Come explore UCF and the College of Business Administration and make the decision to become a part of something BIG. Paul Jarley Dean Email: Twitter: @pauljarley


Administrative Team

Dean Paul Jarley Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Dean Taylor Ellis Ph.D., Texas A & M University Associate Dean Foard Jones Ph.D., University of Georgia

Departments and Schools

Accounting Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting Sean Robb, Director Ph.D., University of Florida Economics Mark Dickie, Chair Ph.D., University of Wyoming Finance / Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate Anthony Byrd, Chair (Finance); Director (Real Estate) Ph.D., University of South Carolina Management Stephen Goodman Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University Marketing Ronald E. Michaels Ph.D., Indiana University Sport Business Management DeVos Sport Business Management Richard Lapchick, Director Ph.D., University of Denver


BETRONE-HARPST, ‘13 “I would definitely recommend UCF to other students! There are a variety of research opportunities for undergraduates and an endless supply of internships and extracurricular activities. UCF prepares students for their future while providing what I like to call ‘bucket list’ opportunities.”

Major: Finance LEAD Scholar, Burnett Honors College, study abroad program, student volunteer As a finance major with a concentration in international business, one of the things on Ali Betrone-Harpst’s “bucket list” is to study abroad and gain as much global experience as possible. She has already studied in the Caribbean on the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, and will be attending the ICN Business School in Nancy, France for her senior year. Her UCF education, combined with her experience ensures that she will be admitted into graduate school to pursue both an MBA and a law degree. Another thing on her bucket list!

Undergraduate Program Whether it is entering a business plan competition, studying abroad or joining a business organization, our students have numerous opportunities to enhance their education. Graduates from our college are well prepared to enter the workforce or pursue an advanced degree. Programs:

Bachelor of Science Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) • Accounting • Economics • Finance • General Business Administration • Management • Marketing • Real Estate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) • Business Administration (B.A.B.A., Regional Campuses only) • Economics Accounting 21%


Real Estate 1%

Marketing 18%

Economics 4% Management 16%

B.A.B.A. 6%

Finance 20%

General Business 14%

Professional Selling Track

The Professional Selling Track is a one-year, highly competitive program that is limited to just 30 undergraduate marketing students. Students selected for the program participate in rigorous sales training sessions using our high-tech professional selling lab that is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment which is used to videotape and play back role-played sales calls. Additionally, students participate in a mentorship program where they are paired with sales professionals to receive hands-on experience and career advice. Each year a student team from the program is selected to participate in the National Collegiate Sales Competition to compete among the most elite university sales programs in the world. The event includes a live sales role-play competition, networking opportunities, and an exclusive sales career fair. Our teams consistently finish in the top five. “Being part of the Professional Selling Program was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I have been surrounded by professors and mentors who care about my future and would do anything in their power to help me reach my goals.� Daniel Botero, ‘12



“I love the enthusiasm and work ethic of our students!�

Associate Professor, Research Fellow Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting Being named the inaugural Research Fellow for the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting allows Donna Schmitt additional time and resources to focus on behavioral tax research while continuing her graduate teaching responsibilities. She has a special interest in ethical behavior and the ethical environment in which accounting professionals work. She is widely published and is the editor of Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.

Graduate Programs

We offer graduate programs at the master’s, professional, executive and doctoral levels. Academic Programs: One Year, Full-Time MBA Lockstep, Evening MBA Master of Science in Accounting Master of Science in Taxation Master of Sport Business Management Professional Programs: Professional MBA Executive MBA Professional MS in Management with HR Concentration Professional MS in Real Estate Certificate Programs: Certificate, Technology Ventures Certificate, Entrepreneurship Ph.D. Program: Business Administration (Tracks: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing)

Executive Development Center

The EDC is centrally located in downtown Orlando and offers both degree and executive education programs. Courses are offered in newly renovated classrooms which feature state-of-the-art amenities. Degree Programs: • Executive MBA – a 20-month cohort program taught by distinguished faculty and includes an international residency. • Professional MBA – evening classes make this 24-month program ideal for working professionals. Courses are offered at several regional locations on a rotational basis, providing access to students from around Central Florida. • Professional Master of Science in Real Estate – 20-month program prepares students for senior-level positions in residential and commercial real estate. • Professional Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources – a 16-month program that that provides working professionals with the tools to advance in their career. Executive Education: The EDC hosts workshops and seminars throughout the year that are designed to promote professional development. Additionally, the EDC offers fully-customizable programs to organizations throughout the region.

DeVos Sport Business Management Program Named one of the nation’s top five programs by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and ESPN the Magazine, the DeVos Sport Business Management Program attracts some of the brightest students from all over the world. The comprehensive curriculum equips students with the business skills necessary to pursue successful careers in the sports industry. Diversity, community service, philanthropy, social issues and ethics are emphasized in each course. In addition to earning a Master’s in Sport Business Management, students enrolled in the program can also earn an MBA by completing just two additional courses. Under Richard Lapchick’s leadership, the DeVos Program launched The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), a comprehensive resource for issues related to gender and race in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. TIDES researches and publishes a variety of studies, including annual studies of student-athlete graduation rates and racial attitudes in sports, as well as the internationally recognized Racial and Gender Report Card. Richard Lapchick is the director of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and the president and CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, all located within the college. Often referred to as the “social conscience of sport,” he has published 17 books, more than 500 articles and frequently writes for and the Sports Business Journal. He has given nearly 3,000 speeches and has received an extensive list of honors and awards.

Career Connections In addition to learning in class, graduate students have the opportunity to gain real world experience by using the resources provided by the Office for Career Connections. As students, they can earn elective credit for completing work-related projects that test their analytical, strategic, and problem solving skills. Through a partnership with UCF Career Services, students have access to traditional career resources such as job expos, info sessions and onsite interviewing, while enjoying exclusive access to networking opportunities with alumni and successful business leaders fostered by the office. In this unique fashion, the Office for Career Connections ensures that graduates of our cohort MBA program emerge with critical business skills, a career focus, and a developing professional business network.

Small Business Development Center Since 1980, the SBDC at UCF has been helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. The main office is centrally located within the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando and there are seven satellite offices throughout the Central Florida region. Experienced staff members counsel clients and the center offers numerous programs, seminars, and training sessions. The SBDC is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Last year the SBDC helped entrepreneurs: CREATE OR RETAIN





Additionally, Eunice Choi, regional director, was recognized by UCF President John Hitt for securing over


in external funding for the university.


GRAMATIKAS, ‘12 (MBA) “I have never been to a school with such an interconnected web of support. It is truly refreshing to be part of an institution where the focus of every effort is on the students and the community.”

Winner of the Joust Competition What began as an arts and crafts project turned into an award-winning business plan for Alexandra Gramatikas. She won top award at the Joust Competition for presenting her proposal for ALTR (alter), a company that creates cleverly-designed button covers. The covers can include a company or team logo, and alter any garment with buttons. For her efforts, Gramatikas was awarded $10,000 and one free year at the UCF Incubator (valued at $5,000). She credits the CEI for helping her succeed: “The CEI became my home away from home during my last semester. Between seeking advice from the Coach’s Corner or just talking out ideas, the support of the center was what got me through the Joust.”

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation According to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation, more than one-half of U.S. college-aged individuals would like to pursue entrepreneurship as a career option. The CEI fulfills that need by educating, advising and supporting both undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurial students from all academic disciplines. As interest in entrepreneurship continues to grow, so do the opportunities for student engagement. The CEI hosts numerous networking events, speakers and student competitions. The CEI is growing as well. In addition to the main office located within the College of Business Administration, an advising office located in the lobby of the Student Union will soon open where students Cameron can receive personalized consulting services and Ford other co-curricular offerings. Furthermore, Director students who are ready to launch a venture can apply for free office and meeting space as well as other critical resources from the new Student Venture Accelerator which is scheduled to open in 2013. Collectively, the initiatives offered by the CEI can empower entrepreneurial students to turn their vision into successful business ventures.



“I thoroughly enjoy teaching such a diverse, respectful, and promising student body.”

Lecturer, Department of Marketing Carolyn Massiah has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at UCF since 2005. She believes marketing is the key to any good business. “When a company is doing well, they need marketing to maintain that positive public image and retain current customers. When a company is struggling, they need marketing to build a customer base and establish a positive identity in the marketplace!”

Faculty Our faculty members are committed to integrating knowledge, research, and real-world experience into the classroom. Many of them are consultants, serve on boards, and present their research at national and international conferences throughout the world. Additionally, many are frequently quoted in the national media and serve as editors and contributors for journals and textbooks. Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share the same goal—to provide the best learning experiences for our students and prepare them to succeed in today’s global business world. Endowed Chair Holders:

•  Carl H. Galloway Chair for Excellence in Business Shelby Gerking •  DeVos/Orlando Magic Sport Business Management Eminent Scholar Richard Lapchick •  Al and Nancy Burnett Eminent Scholar Chair in Accounting Robin Roberts •  Howard Phillips Eminent Scholar Chair in the Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate Randy Anderson •  Jim Heistand - NAIOP Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate Geoffrey K. Turnbull


•  Ernst & Young Professor Vicky Arnold •  Distinguished Alumni Endowed Professor in Business Ethics Robert G. Folger •  KPMG Professor Steve Sutton •  C.G. Avery Professor of Accounting Gregory M. Trompeter •  BB & T Professorship in Business Ethics Marshall Schminke •  Gordon J. Barnett Professor of Business Ethics Maureen L. Ambrose


•  Kenneth G. Dixon Research Fellow Donna Bobek Schmitt


SNAITH “To be included among the top economic forecasters in the nation is quite an honor.”

Director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness A nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting, Sean Snaith was named one of the country’s most accurate forecasters by Bloomberg News. He is a member of several national forecasting panels and is frequently quoted in national and regional media. He is a sought-after speaker and hosts “Money Clips With Sean Snaith,” a weekly segment produced by WUCF TV.

Institute for Economic Competitiveness When people have questions regarding the economy, they turn to the Institute for Economic Competitiveness (IEC) for answers. Established in 1998, the IEC disseminates two comprehensive forecasts each quarter. The Florida and Metro Forecast covers the Florida economy and 12 metropolitan areas across the state, while the U.S. Forecast covers the entire nation. The publications contain up-todate information on unemployment rates, the housing markets, energy prices and more. In addition to the forecasts, the IEC manages special projects. The center was commissioned by Orange County to assess Metro Orlando’s assets, capabilities and potential in the cleantech industry. The center shared their findings and made recommendations in a 183-page report. IEC Director Sean Snaith is a member of several economic organizations and national economic forecasting panels, including The Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting Survey, The Associated Press’ Economy Survey,’s Survey of Leading Economists, USA Today’s Survey of Top Economists, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Survey of Professional Forecasters and Livingston Survey, Bloomberg and Reuters.




































































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CBA Across the USA! While Florida is still home to more than 79 percent of our graduates, CBA alums can be found in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The college has an active alumni chapter that holds events throughout the year including an annual golf tournament that raises money for student scholarships. Many of our alumni stay active within the college by serving as mentors, speaking to classes, providing financial support and hiring our students. And, even though some of our graduates may be far away from UCF… they stay close by engaging online and joining regional chapters.



BAILEY, ‘85, ‘89, ‘01 & ‘07

“I am a recovering CPA who crossed over to the dark side to practice solely as an attorney!”

Managing Partner, Bailey Zobel Pilcher It is a good thing that Merrell Bailey is a CPA because it takes a professional accountant to add up all the degrees she has earned from UCF! Bailey has six college degrees—and five are from the College of Business Administration! She has a B.S.B.A. in Finance, a B.S.B.A. in Accounting, an MBA, a M.S. in Taxation, and a M.S. in Accounting. She also has a law degree from Barry University. She has put all of her degrees to use and is now an attorney who specializes in probate, wills, trusts, and planning. She was a member of the women’s rowing team and Pi Beta Phi sorority as a student, and UCF remains an important part of her life. She has been an adjunct instructor, and is a member of the UCF Town and Gown Council. Bailey was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame in 2012.


CARAVELIS, ‘02 and ‘03 “One thing I wish I did more as a student was network. All students can begin to build a network now, which will be very beneficial no matter what they do in the future.”

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Blezoo According to Dean Caravelis, he went against “all conventional wisdom” and started a new business in February 2008, at the height of the Great Recession. His wisdom more than paid off ! Caravelis is founder and chief marketing officer of Blezoo, a promotional products and branded apparel distributor. His undergraduate degree in marketing and his MBA, both from UCF, helped prepare him for his career. “I had great teachers and peers that taught me important presentation skills, teamwork and effective problem solving.” Caravelis supports UCF in numerous ways. He serves on the CBA Alumni Chapter, is a board member of the Alumni Association and stays active by speaking, providing sponsorships, offering internships, serving as a mentor and supporting athletics.

College of Business Administration Directory Accounting Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting (407) 823-2871 Career Connections (407) 823-5627 Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (407) 823-3683 Dean’s Office (407) 823-2181 Economics Department (407) 823-3266 Executive Development Center (407) 235-3905 Finance Department/ Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate (407) 823-3575 Graduate Business Programs (407) 823-4723 Institute for Economic Competitiveness (407) 823-1453 Management Department (407) 823-5569 Marketing Department (407) 823-2108 Small Business Development Center (407) 420-4850 Sport Business Management DeVos Sport Business Management Program (407) 823-4887 Undergraduate Student Services (407) 823-2184

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