Message from the Dean

July 2018 –  from the College of Business Quarterly Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Ken Machande

Acting Dean Ken Machande

Since the last newsletter, the College of Business has been a whirlwind of activities.  The second annual Student Case Competition was held, and the final five teams were judged at the end of April.  The final five teams (out of 22) presented to the panel of five judges and an audience of about 45 students and well-wishers, including at least nine COB faculty members.  All of the presentations were excellent, but in the end, the first place prize of $3,000 went to a team from Dr. Richardson’s MGMT490 class who self-named their team, “Jen and the Stay at Home Dads”!

Dr.’s Fontem and Majid led separate student research teams over the course of the past year, and these teams presented their findings in poster board sessions at the annual student Research and Creativity Day in Hurley Convergence Center at the end of April.

In May, we saw about 50 MBA graduates and 175 undergraduate business students walk across the stage to shake President Paino’s hand at graduation, off to start new chapters in their lives.  While it is always a melancholy moment to see our friends of the past several years move on, we have the excitement of gaining 227 new undergraduate students who have met the requirements and applied for entrance into the COB during the past academic year, our biggest class by far.  We will be welcoming those students to our College at our COB Admissions Ceremony during Family Weekend in September!

Since the last newsletter, three business faculty members have won tenure and promotion, several have published in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, and one, Dr. Mukesh Srivastava, has journeyed to Mauritius, on his third Fulbright award!

All seems quiet on campus on this beautiful day in early July, but there is much that continues to happen at UMW.   We have recently welcomed the incoming freshmen class of 2022 over the past few weeks, and they seemed excited at orientation and class registration!  We look forward to them returning for classes in just a few short weeks and the excitement the beginning of the academic year brings!    It’s a great day to be a Mary Washington Eagle!

Ken Machande
Acting Dean, College of Business


Ken Machande
Interim Dean, College of Business