Antwon D. Woods, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business

Welcome to the School of Business at Alcorn State University—a place marked by possibility and potential, our esteemed halls echoing with the history of leadership and innovation, and the robust commitment to nurturing ethically prudent and technically competent leaders.

Before I take you on a virtual tour of the transformative academic space, I want you to know who we are, how we are growing, and the significant impact we aspire to make. As the Dean, I am honored to have the opportunity to oversee and contribute to such a dynamic community of scholars and aspiring business leaders.

Our core mission at the School of Business is to develop ethically prudent and technically competent future leaders who will make decisions and lead changes that optimize economic competitiveness and ecological sustainability. The impetus for sustainability in business has never been as momentous as it is in today’s landscape. Increasing societal and global pressures advocate for the incorporation of sustainability-driven business methodologies, and we are devoted to fostering the learning and application of these practices.

At Alcorn State University, we are privileged to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body that acknowledges the quality of our education, rewarding us for our consistent efforts in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and leadership capabilities of our students. Garnering recognition from such a prestigious accreditation body not only mirrors our excellence in education but also ascertains the promising future of our graduates in the business community.

Our comprehensive business programs are designed to equip each student with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving business industry. The programs go beyond traditional teaching methods, incorporating industry-relevant case studies, interactive classroom sessions, and real-world business challenges to ensure a robust understanding of business operations. They encompass a detailed analysis of various business areas, paving the way for our students to explore diverse fields and choose the one best suited for their aspirations.

One of the unique aspects of our business school resides in our student leadership programs. We provide multiple opportunities for students to get involved and make a difference. Our Dean’s Ambassadors Council (DAC) is one such gateway to leadership. Being a member of DAC means taking on additional responsibility, honing leadership skills, and lending a vital voice to the student body in our school.

In addition to DAC, we have active student chapters of national professional organizations such as Delta Mu Delta and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society in business, facilitates academic recognition for high-achieving students, while NABA provides a platform to dive into the professional world of accounting, finance, and general business. These organizations serve as an extension of our commitment to excellent education and provide significant professional development opportunities guided by experienced faculty and staff.

Further, we are particularly proud of our faculty, who bring life and energy to our classes. The research of the faculty spans a wide range of topics, including competitive strategy, artificial intelligence, capital budgeting, international business, and leadership development. Our faculty routinely present their research at academic conferences and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to their academic backgrounds, many faculty members have professional career experiences that attest to their expertise in the areas in which they conduct research and teach.

We welcome you to inevitably contribute to the legacy of the Alcorn State University School of Business and join us in our mission to shape resilient leaders capable of optimizing economic competitiveness and advocating ecological sustainability.

Always Alcorn,

Antwon D. Woods, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business
Associate Professor of Management
Alcorn State University
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