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Delta State’s online MBA program receives national recognition

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Delta State University’s College of Business recently received recognition in a report from the U.S. News & World Report ranking the 10 most affordable online Master of Business Administration programs across the nation.

Dr. Billy Moore, dean of Delta State’s College of Business, was thrilled with the national ranking.

“Our online Integrated MBA program is innovative and accessible,” said Moore. “The curriculum is designed to establish the interdependence of business decision making and organizational effectiveness. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing our students with a high quality, relevant education at a reasonable cost.”

According to the report, it’s common for students​ to spend upward of $10,000 a semester for an MBA program, but it’s not always necessary. Coming in at number eight on the list, Delta State was recognized for offering courses at $334 per credit, including part-time and out-of-state students.

The MBA and Integrated MBA programs at Delta State provide a broad understanding of business fundamentals required of business organizations and entrepreneurial ventures.

The curriculum enables students to build upon the foundation of business concepts in the areas of financial reporting, analysis, and markets; domestic and global economic environments in organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations.

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Equal Pay Forum open to public

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Join Teri P. Fleming, senior investigator and outreach coordinator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at the Equal Pay Forum April 14 at 6 p.m. in the Delta State University Alumni House. The discussion will focus on pay equity and equal opportunities for women.

The event, free and open to the public,  is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the QEP and Gender Studies Group. Refreshments will be served and participants are asked to wear red in support of equal pay for women.

According to the AAUW, women earn 22 percent less than men. In response, a number of local restaurants are offering a 22 percent lunch discount on April 14 from 11 a.m-2p.m. Participating restaurants include: Airport Grocery, Christina’s Exquisite Edibles, Country Platter, The Senator’s Place and Sweets BBQ Kitchen.

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Contact Dr. Phyllis Bunn at or Dr. Glendscene Williams at for more information.



Aviation granted AABI accreditation

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Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently received news of initial accreditation for its bachelors programs in Aviation Management and Flight Operations.

The Board of Trustees of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) granted approval at the International Winter meeting Feb. 23-27. Delta State submitted its application March 6.

The board action grants initial accreditation for the programs for a period of five years.

Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the Department of Commercial Aviation, said she was pleased with the results of the initial accreditation efforts.

“The behind the scenes work took several years and cooperation from across campus to purchase aircraft, upgrade equipment, document student learning outcome and validate the state’s only four-year aviation program,” said Speakes. “The AABI accreditation confirms the quality program that Delta State has offered. With this designation, more opportunities will be available to students and graduates, such as direct hire programs and bridge programs.”

Dr. Billy C. Moore, dean of Delta State’s College of Business, echoed Speakes’s praise.

“Achieving national accreditation is further validation of the quality education our commercial aviation students receive when they matriculate through our program,” said Moore. “I congratulate Dr. Speakes and all of our commercial aviation faculty and staff on this great accomplishment.”

Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation provides the state university system’s only undergraduate and graduate aviation programs.

“Our students are prepared for a variety of opportunities in the aviation industry, including the airlines, aircraft manufacturing, airport management, air traffic control and military aviation,” added Speakes.

Program graduates serve as members of flight crews, air traffic control specialists and executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels.

The department offers a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation with concentrations in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. Graduate level includes a Master of Commercial Aviation.

“Delta State University is one of the premier choices for students who desire a career as a professional pilot,” said Speakes. “Industry professionals agree that Delta State graduates display the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism — which make them prime candidates for positions in today’s aviation marketplace.”

Virtually all graduates of the Delta State’s programs advance to excellent positions with professional corporate, charter, regional and major airlines, as well as the military.

The Flight Operations degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a professional pilot career. Through a combination of both classroom and flight training, students will acquire the following certificates and ratings: Private Pilot In­strument Multi-engine, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor. Training culminates in a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation degree within 4 years.

The Aviation Management degree prepares students for supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels in the aviation field, including the airlines, air traffic control and military aviation.

In the Fall 2014 semester, the department began a new Aviation Management Logistics track. This track is designed to prepare aviation management students in complex operations of transportation and distribution of goods.

The Master of Commercial Aviation program provides students with a focused understanding of aviation concepts and operations. This 30-hour program is geared toward aviation management and aviation education and is taught 100 percent online.

For more information on Delta State’s aviation programs, visit or contact the department at:

Phone:       662-846-4205
Fax:            662-846-4214
Location:  Gibson-Gunn, Delta State University Campus

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Delta State graduate and CEO of UPS, David Abney, welcomes campus to the  10th annual International Business Symposium April 1 at 8 a.m. in the Baioni Conference Center.

International Business Symposium celebrates 10 years

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Delta State University’s Division of Management, Marketing and Business Administration proudly presents the 10th annual International Business Symposium beginning at 8 a.m. April 1 at the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall.

This year’s program features top-ranking international business professionals, whose knowledge and experience is renowned and spans the globe. Senior business officials will provide a unique look at trends in the business world.

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

Abney, a Delta State alumnus, previously served seven years as Chief Operating Officer for UPS, where he was responsible for UPS logistics, sustainability and engineering. In these roles, Abney directed all facets of the UPS transportation network serving more than 220 countries and territories.

A 1976 graduate, Abney studied business administration at Delta State and was named the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. To this day, he serves on the Delta State University Alumni Foundation Board of Directors.

Through UPS, he has traveled the world on business, but his Mississippi Delta roots are forever ingrained.

“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.

Joining Abney as a featured lecturer is Diana Einterz, executive vice president, Direction des Grands Clients, Orange Business Services. She is responsible for leading the team of professionals serving the 250 largest orange customers.

Einterz’s orange career spans more than 15 years and includes a series of global leadership roles directing large organizations dedicated to serving customers all over the world. Prior to becoming head of the Americas, she was head of Regional Operations and led a team of more than 2,100 technicians and support staff that delivered world-class installation and maintenance services to multinational corporations in more than 220 countries and territories.

Also presenting is Laird Hamberlin, a graduate of Delta State’s business administration program. Hamberlin is an equity investor and vice president of sales for American Home Shield — a division of ServiceMaster — since April of 2012.

Hamberlin joined AHS from UTC Climate, Controls and Security, where he served as president of the Access Controls division. Hamberlin was responsible for developing and executing plans to drive continued growth and expansion for the business worldwide, which includes Onity, a leading global provider of electronic locks and energy management systems and Lenel, a leading provider of enterprise software, integrated systems and access control systems.

Finally, Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig will complete the distinguished list of speakers. Rosensweig is the director of the Global Perspectives Program at Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Previously, he served for six years as an associate dean. An international business and  finance professor, he focuses his research, teaching and consulting on global investing and business in the global economy. He also specializes in financial, macroeconomic and business forecasting.

Active in executive education, Rosensweig was recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 12 favorite professors in all executive MBA programs worldwide.

The 2015 International Business Symposium is free and open to public. For more information, contact Benton Cooper Johnson at 662-846-4192 or email



Principals of Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick (left to right), Bill McPherson, Tom Gresham and Walton Gresham, recently supported Delta State University and the Delta State University with record-breaking scholarships to the Delta State University College of Business.

Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick make record-breaking donation

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Thanks to the principals of the Indianola-based sister companies Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick, Delta State University and the Delta State University Foundation are pleased to announce the groundbreaking Gresham-McPherson Endowed Scholarships in the College of Business.

This Gresham Petroleum/Double Quick gift is the largest unrestricted scholarship gift in the history of Delta State University’s College of Business. Contributors include: Thomas & Louise Gresham Endowed Scholarship Fund, $75,000; Walton & Laura Gresham Endowed Scholarship Fund, $75,000; and the Bill & Draughon McPherson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

These monumental gifts total $225,000. Additionally, Gresham Petroleum/Double Quick is donating $10,000 each for the next five years to contribute $50,000 toward marketing.

Discussion of the scholarships began when William N. LaForge, president of Delta State University, and Keith Fulcher, executive director of the Delta State University Foundation, approached Gresham Petroleum/Double Quick — companies with long histories of supporting students through internships and hiring Delta State graduates.

“When President LaForge and Keith approached us about helping Delta State, we decided we wanted to help the College of Business,” said Tom. “We realized the importance Delta State has for the Delta, and we’ve hired so many Delta State graduates.

“We’ve had for several years an accounting internship program through Delta State. Many of those interns have gone on to be our employees, and we realized that Delta State has a great product. The students are ready for the working world and very prepared to join our team as soon as they graduate.”

McPherson added that the quality of students coming out of the College of Business played a major role in designating the funds to the business program.

“They come in able to learn our business, join our accounting team and some even move on to other areas of the company,” said McPherson. “Some came through the accounting internship and some came on right after college. There are Delta State graduates in all facets of our business.”

Giving back to a university that has consistently given them a great product seemed like a no-brainer to Walton and Laura.

“It’s important we give back to the area, and we felt like this was the way we could impact the Delta,” said Walton. “If the Delta is going to continue to grow and prosper, we need to make sure young students can depend on Delta State to further their education.”

LaForge said the contributions would greatly enhance to the quality of students who continue to graduate from Delta State.

“This is a perfect connection between academics at Delta State and business in the Delta. It provides the ideal loop,” said LaForge. “Students benefit from the scholarship support being provided to pursue their studies in accounting, excellent accounting students graduate from our program, and Double Quick/Gresham Petroleum is able to recruit newly-minted accountants to work in their headquarters.

“Delta State is immensely appreciative to Bill McPherson and Tom and Walton Gresham for their contributions and generosity. Their investment in our students is an investment in the Delta, as well as in their own businesses.”

Gresham Petroleum has been around since the late 1920s and is a wholesale fuel distributor throughout Northwest Mississippi and Southeastern Arkansas.

Double Quick has over 50 convenience stores primarily in the same regions. Learn more about both companies at and

Fulcher could not be happier with the generous support to the university.

“The gift amount demonstrates to others that Delta State University graduates are a vital part of the economic engine of the Mississippi Delta,” said Fulcher. “These graduates often comprise a significant percentage of the workforce of successful businesses like Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick.”

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