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Connectivity begins here.

Welcome Since 1937 Virginia Commonwealth University and our School of Business have contributed to the growth and economic well-being of the city of Richmond and the Commonwealth. It’s through productive partnerships with regional businesses, local businesses and Fortune 500 companies that VCU’s business school continues to evolve and prosper as one of the most recognized business schools in the country.

Enclosed, you’ll find data on our businessfocused academic programs, centers, and institutes, as well as information about our diverse student body. We look forward to working with you.

Milestones Business Program is established


(William and Mary) Graduate business programs added Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business established Floyd Avenue Business Building opens



Richmond Professional Institute

Adjunct 68

Tenure/Tenure Eligible 77

Collateral 19



Certificates 235 Doctoral 30

Systems (1 in US) st

Snead Hall opens for business Princeton Review Top 300 Business Schools




fall 2010

ABET Accreditation for Information



AACSB Accreditation





Presidents, Owners, CEOs


Upper Division (Jr/Sr) 1980

International 8%


Hispanic/Latino 4%



Pre-Business (Fr/So) 1065

Other 5%

Alumni Out of State

MBA & MS 555

African American 23%

Asian 12% White 48%

School Offerings

Finance Master of Science in Business


Real Estate Valuation



Business Administration and Management

Master of Science in Business

Business Administration

Decision Sciences and Business Analytics

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Human Resource Management

International Management





Master of Science in Business


Global Marketing Management

Financial Planning


Insurance and Risk Management

Master of Arts in Economics

Financial Technology Actuarial Science


Financial Engineering


Human Resource Management

Human Resources

Information Systems

Information Systems


Real Estate


Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Real Estate

Executive MBA Traditional MBA (Evening)

Information Systems

Programs Offered

Fast Track Executive Master of Science in Information Systems


Master of Science in Information Systems

The Business Career Services Center offers a variety

Master of Computer and Information Systems Security

of benefits to companies when recruiting future


hires.The center, along with participating companies,


helps with students’ career development, including

BS/MS 150 hour

securing paid internships, perhaps the best

Master of Accountancy

way to evaluate a potential hire. Employer

Master of Taxation

Showcases, Mock Interviews, Career Fairs,


Etiquette Dinners and Information Sessions provide opportunities for firms to interact with talented,

skilled candidates. Companies expand their presence

Options, including Leadership Coaching. The

by working with our student organizations and posting

Center prides itself on being responsive to our

job needs via RamsRecruiting, our recruiting website

clients’ needs by creating high-quality, innovative

for VCU students. In addition, our searchable Alumni

learning solutions that balance academic rigor

Resumé Database provides access to resumés by

with immediate, practical application.

entering desired skill sets and other requirements. CONTROLLERS EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE


CERT provides a means for enhancing the professional development of controllers of major private and public companies by cultivating a


regional network of controllers facing common

Genworth Financial and Markel Corporation helped

challenges and having distinctive professional

design a Society of Actuaries-appropriate program

interests as a group. CERT makes available to

which incorporates: accounting, finance, risk

members resources from the Department of

management, economics and software proficiency,

Accounting, which include such items as access

ensuring students would have the courses and

to library resources and databases, assistance

understanding it takes to pass the

in identifying articles and other references of

first set of examinations.

interest to members, and priority treatment in identification of outstanding prospective


graduates, interns and part-time employees.

The Capital Markets Center is a 1700 square-foot facility designed to provide real-time data feeds in a Wall Street


trading room. With 43 individual workstations, including

The da Vinci Center for Innovation is a unique

Bloomberg, each utilizing Data, Call, IBES, CRSP, WRDS,

collegiate model that advances interdisciplinary

and Rise, students learn how to think in the fast-paced

innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship.

financial industry. A student-managed fund invests

The aims of the Center are three-fold: (1) prepare

$100K of the School’s endowment.

students to enter a product innovation career; (2)


disciplines of the Arts, Business, and Engineering;

The Center for Corporate Education is a leading

and (3) serve as a resource for stimulating innovation

professional development and executive education

and entrepreneurship initiatives. Project sponsors

resource serving Virginia’s business community. The

have included Alfa Laval, Altria, Boehringer-Ingelheim,

Center provides a full range of learning services,

Capital One, MWV, Science Museum of Virginia, and

including: Individual, Team and Organizational

the Commonwealth of Virginia.

catalyze innovation through collaboration among the

Assessments; Open Enrollment Programs (e.g., Six Sigma); Customized Leadership and Professional Development Programs; and Executive Development


theory. Through ISRI, our department faculty and

The Executive MBA is an intensive, 20-month program

students work directly with industry professionals

with classes scheduled every other Friday and Saturday.

to solve cases and projects. By partnering with

The curriculum takes advantage of students’ mid-level

ISRI your company can promote an educational

and executive professional experience by using it as

atmosphere that highlights Information Systems (IS)

a foundation on which to build a more sophisticated

and technology, while ensuring that Richmond and

understanding of business. Core program components

our surrounding areas continue to get the support

and differentiators include its integrated structure,

they need in the 21st century.

experiential exercises, and real-world application, which enable students to transition easily between the business


world and their studies. The program’s innovative,

Entering its 17th year, with an annual attendance

integrated modular structure enables students to

of over 500 people, the VCU International Business

approach issues by module topic, which accurately

Forum features renowned speakers who share their

reflects the multi-disciplinary demands of the real

ideas on global topics including emerging markets,

business world.

global education, new technology and challenges that will shape our future. Free and open to the public.



The Executive Masters in Information Systems focuses

The Kornblau Institute supports research broadly

on using technology effectively to move an organization

related to commercial and residential real estate.

forward, the changing role that technology plays in

These issues often benefit from an interdisciplinary

organizations, and how change impacts the IT leaders

approach and include such concerns as land use,

within an organization. The unique combination

housing and commercial development - the social,

of academically advanced curriculum, one-on-one

cultural and economic sides of the real estate

mentoring with a high-level IT executive, group

business. Collaborative research seeks to engage

and individual coaching, a personalized leadership

other programs and schools such as nursing,

development plan, and numerous networking

social work and government & public affairs,

opportunities helps our students understand the

working with various departments in the School

powerful role IS and IS leaders can play in

of Business. Proposals and partnership are sought

an organization.

with the objective of creating meaningful and impactful knowledge.



Established in 1991 as an outreach vehicle by the

Through our Real Estate Circle of Excellence executive

Department of Information Systems, ISRI gives students

board, majors in this field gain invaluable insight

practical, real-world experience. Current IT workers and

and knowledge through internships, externships

technical assistants benefit from specific business-related

and mentoring programs which give students

real applicable tools for when they enter the industry.

advice and clear decisions on every aspect of the

Plus, the Real Estate Program with the support of

school’s future. They also provide direction with

the Circle annually produces the Real Estate Trends

regard to our curriculum, strategic/career planning,

Conference, which attracts some 800 attendees.

finances and resource development.

RISK and INSURANCE INSTITUTE Students concentrating in this important field leave with


a solid foundation and fundamentals of the industry. With courses in: risk management, property/liability, financial planning, life/health, employee benefits, investments and financial institutions, we prepare each student with the skill sets they’ll need to be successful in the industry. Top students benefit from a variety of experiences, including: externships, internships, career fairs and industry meetings and conferences. Stay up-to-date. Continuing education opportunities are available. SALES MANAGER’S FORUM This forum brings together industry innovators and disseminates cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of sales management and professional selling. Open to senior sales executives from Central Virginia firms, the Sales Manager’s Forum provides a platform for sharing best practices and analyzing challenges unique to the profession for the purpose of advancing along a path of continuous improvement. SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FOUNDATION Since 2005 SOBF has developed one of the strongest Schools of Business in the country. Through campaign contributions our gross assets make up some $82,000,000. Since 2005, we’ve constructed Snead Hall, purchased the land on which it stands and are currently endowed with over $41,000,000 (which is invested in a diversified portfolio overseen by the Finance Committee). Our Board of Trustees represents the strength behind our school’s success. Board members provide counsel,

Mr. Steven A. Markel Chair Vice Chairman Markel Corporation Mr. Robert E. Rigsby, MS ’75, MBA ’81 Treasurer Chair, Audit Committee President and COO (Retired) Dominion Virginia Power Dr. Kenneth C. Blaisdell Secretary Executive Director School of Business Foundation Mr. James A. Buzzard President Mead Westvaco Corporation Mr. L. Dans Callans, Jr., BS ’66 Phoenix, Arizona Ms. Phyllis L. Cothran, BS ’71 President and COO (Retired) Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Ms. Josée G. Covington President and CEO Covington Travel Mr. T. Kent Cox, BS ’78 Senior Vice President Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Mr. Richard Cullen, Esq. Partner/Chairman McGuireWoods Ms. Nancy C. Everett, BS ’78 Managing Director, Head of U.S. Fiduciary Management Solutions BlackRock

Mr. Charles H. Foster, Jr. Chairman Emeritus (Retired) LandAmerica Financial Group Mr. George C. Freeman, III Chairman, President and CEO Universal Corporation Mr. Mark M. Gambill Managing Director and CEO Cary Street Partners Mr. William M. Ginther, BS ’69, MS ’74 Chair, Advancement Advisory Committee Corporate Executive Vice President (Retired) SunTrust Mr. Brenton S. Halsey Chairman and CEO (Retired) James River Corporation Mr. A. William Hamill President H3 Companies LLC Mr. Robert E. Henley, BS ’71 Managing Partner (Retired) Ernst & Young Mr. Allen B. King, BS ’77 Chairman Emeritus Universal Corporation Ms. Gail L. Letts President & CEO SunTrust Bank, Central Virginia Mr. John P. McCann Chairman Emeritus, United Dominion Realty Trust Principal, McCann Realty Partners, LLC

Mr. James V. Meath, Esq. Partner and Chairman, Board of Directors Williams Mullen Mr. G. Gilmer Minor, III Chairman Owens & Minor, Inc. Mr. Thurston R. Moore, Esq. Chairman, Executive Committee Hunton & Williams, LLP

Mr. F. Dixon Whitworth, MS ’69 Regional President (Retired) BB&T

“Innovation distinguishes between

EX-OFFICIO: Mr. Joseph E. Becht, Jr. MBA’80 Director Deloitte & Touche President, VCU Business Alumni Society

– Steve Jobs

Mr. Ed Grier Dean VCU School of Business

Dr. John R. Nelson Chair, Academic Programs and Career Development Committee Executive Vice President Chief Technology Officer Altria, Inc.

Dr. Michael Rao President Virginia Commonwealth University

Mr. Baxter F. Phillips, Jr., BS ’75, MBA ’76 President Massey Energy Company

EMERITUS: Mr. Michael Dinkins Executive Vice President and CFO USI Insurance Services

Mr. Charles F. Phillips, III Richmond Office Managing Partner Ernst & Young

Mr. Bryan E. Kornblau Chief Executive Officer Eagle Construction of Va., Inc.

Mr. James E. Rogers President SCI Investors, Inc.

a leader and a follower.”

Mr. W. Austin Ligon Co-Founder & Retired CEO CarMax

Mr. S. Buford Scott Chair, Nominations Committee Chairman of the Board Scott & Stringfellow Mr. Ranjit Sen President and CEO CXI Mr. Robert C. Sledd Chairman, Performance Food Group Company (Retired) Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor of Virginia Managing Partner Pinnacle Ventures, LLC Mr. Thomas G. Snead, Jr., BS ’76 Chair, Finance Committee President and CEO (Retired) Southeast Region, Wellpoint, Inc. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mr. Harry R. Thalhimer President Thalhimer Headwear Mr. Eric P. Whittleton, BS ’84 President Rigaud, LLC

Contact Us If you and your company would like to connect with any of the programs described above, please contact:

Dr. Kenneth C. Blaisdell Associate Dean, External Affairs 804.828.1487

VCU School of Business | Snead Hall | Box 844000 | 301 West Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23284-4000 | 804-828-1595 |

Corporate Connect Brochure  

Connectivity begins here. Important data for companies looking to connect with VCU Business.

Corporate Connect Brochure  

Connectivity begins here. Important data for companies looking to connect with VCU Business.