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Darrin L. Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, to present on campus

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Darrin L. Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., will lecture through the College of Business Lecture Series on April 25, with speeches at 9:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. in the Baioni Conference Center.

Williams’ career is a unique combination of business, law and politics. Currently serving as the CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., Williams oversees the strategic direction and operations of each of Southern’s three Community Development Financial Institutions — Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a nonprofit development finance and lending organization, collectively known as “Southern.”

Southern was founded nearly 30 years ago when some of the nation’s most notable political, business and philanthropic leaders, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rob Walton, Muhammad Yunus and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to name a few, came together around a central idea — that the economic challenges facing many underserved communities could in part be addressed through the creation of a values-based financial organization focused on providing these services to those who most need them.

With an initial investment of approximately $10 million and a mission to create economic opportunity, Southern has grown to become one of the most effective and largest community development organizations in the United States, as well as a model for an entire industry of mission-focused financial institutions known as Community Development Financial Institutions. Southern Bancorp today is a $1.2 billion asset organization with over 80,000 customers and 44 locations primarily in underserved markets in the Mid-South.

“The College of Business Lecture Series invites prominent scholars, governmental leaders, and practitioners to campus to expose our students, inform our community and contribute to the informed decision-making of our society,” said Dr. Billy Moore, dean of the College of Business. “This year’s lecture is especially significant because of the current challenges facing our economy. We honored to have someone of Mr. Darrin Williams’ caliber to come and share his experience and expertise with our College of Business family and Delta community.”

Prior to leading Southern, Williams served as managing partner at the law firm of Carney, Williams, Bates, Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, where he focused on representing institutional investors and consumers in class action litigation against some of the nation’s largest publicly-traded companies. Williams also served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives (2008-2013), serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the 89th Arkansas General Assembly. As a lawmaker, he was recognized nationally for his legislative accomplishments, including being named a Champion of Small Business by the National Capital Coalition, an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership by the Aspen Institute, and listed as one of 12 state legislators from around the country to watch by Governing Magazine.

Williams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas, his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law, in Nashville, Tennessee, and his Master of Laws degree in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

The lectures are free and open to the public. A luncheon will follow Williams’s lectures. For more information, contact the College of Business at 662-846-4200.

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12th annual International Business Symposium set for March 29-30

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Delta State University’s College of Business will hold the 12th annual International Business Symposium on March 29-30.

The theme for this year’s symposium is business innovation, focussing on how businesses must remain innovative in both macro and micro aspects.

The symposium is sponsored by David and Sherry Abney, Mississippi Delta natives who currently reside in Atlanta. Abney, a 1976 graduate of DSU, began his career as a part-time United Parcel Service (UPS) package loader while in college. He now serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company. Abney is the eleventh CEO in the 107-year-history of UPS.

“Sherry and I wanted to do something meaningful for the Delta. By bringing global leaders onto campus and sharing their experiences with students, I believe we’ll be able to expand Delta State students’ horizons in how they see and prepare for their futures,” Abney said in a previous Delta State interview.

Along with Abney, the schedule will feature four distinguished speakers, all Delta State graduates:

*Laird Hamberlin: Hamberlin returns to the symposium to share his expertise. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Delta State before going on to become the vice president of sales and commercial for Terminix (a division of ServiceMaster). Prior to being an equity investor of ServiceMaster and taking the company public in June 2014, he worked for various conglomerates including UTC Climate, Controls and Security, where he served as president of the access controls division.
*Teresa Hubbard: Hubbard is president and CEO of CITE ARMORED, a company which provides every level of service for the armored vehicle industry, including manufacturing, refurbishing, repair and part replacement. She is well-versed in business operations, staff supervision, sales and marketing and financial analysis and management. Hubbard received her bachelor degrees in accounting and CIS from Delta State.
*Rodney Scaife: Scaife serves as vice president and chief human resources officer for CPA Global-North America, the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management and IP technology firm company. He previously held international positions as head of HR operations for PANDORA Americas, with oversight for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Scaife studied business administration at Delta State before completing his executive education studies at Cornell University’s Center for Advance Human Resources Studies.
*Josh West: West serves as CEO and co-founder of Blue Delta, a bespoke denim manufacturing company. Blue Delta jeans are made in the U.S.A with globally sourced premium raw materials. The company sells jeans in over 44 U.S. cities and abroad with accounts in Toronto and London. West is a 2005 graduate of Delta State, where he served as student body president.

The 2017 International Business Symposium is free and open to public. For more information, contact Zina Taran at 662-846-4190 or email ztaran@deltastate.edu.

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College of Business recognized in another national ranking

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Delta State University’s College of Business has once again been identified as having one of the top low-cost online master’s programs in a recent ranking from http://www.bestmastersdegrees.com.

Delta State was commended for its Integrated Master of Business Administration (iMBA) program.

When determining the degree types that would make the list, Best Master’s Degrees considered popularity, accessibility and long-term investment. The schools were then ranked based on criteria such as number of online programs, degrees conferred, employment outlook and salary potential.

Ranking editors noted that Delta State’s program as one of the most cost-effective in the nation.

Best Master’s Degrees’ mission is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions about what kind of degree to pursue and where to study. Its main focus is providing rankings and profiles of degree programs across a variety of the most common master’s degree areas.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

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Delta State excels in two national rankings

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Delta State University’s College of Business has been identified for providing one of the best online MBA programs according to a new ranking from Great College Deals.

Editors of the list slotted Delta State as No. 6 in the national poll.

Each of the colleges listed in the ranking has tuition and fees of less than $12,000 annually.

Great College Deals’ methodology included a point system, which placed value on the number of specializations and concentration areas within the MBA program. Points were awarded for small class size and low student-to-faculty ratios. Additional value-adding components, such as student body diversity and the availability of special projects and internships, were also evaluated.

Great College Deals’ mission is to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates. The organization is dedicated to turning students into smart shoppers who can avoid having overwhelming loan debt at graduation.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

Additionally, Delta State’s College of Education and Human Sciences has been identified for having one of the most affordable online Master’s in Elementary Education programs in the country in a new ranking from http://www.bestmastersdegrees.com.

Delta State came in at No. 4 on the list.

The Best Master’s Degree organization reviewed 113 accredited schools and then narrowed down the initial pool to schools ranked by major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report. Tuition data was gathered from the NCES College Navigator database.

The Best Master’s Degrees’ mission is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions about what kind of degree to pursue and where to study. Its main focus is providing rankings and profiles of degree programs across a variety of the most common master’s degree areas.

Learn more about Delta State’s Education and Human Sciences at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education.

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Delta State ranks in top 50 for MBA program

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TopManagementDegrees.com recently ranked Delta State University in its annual ranking of the top 50 most affordable MBA programs.

Delta State came in at No. 47 overall, and was the only school in Mississippi to receive recognition.

The ranking is designed to find the best and most affordable on-campus MBA degrees available nationwide. A list of over 1,000 MBA programs was obtained and then vetted based on accreditation and estimated tuition costs.

According to TMD, an MBA is one of the most sought after graduate business degrees in the world. It not only covers the most critical topics in business and management within its curriculum, but it can fast-track professionals into a management career.

To view the full rankings, visit http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/rankings/most-affordable-mba-programs-2017/.

TopManagementDegrees.com education rankings are designed to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money. They are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.