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​The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has accredited JU’s new Doctorate in Business Administration, giving it approval without conditions or stipulations to begin offering the degree this fall.

The SACS Commission on Colleges endorsement comes on the heels of recent accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for the advanced business degree, which is one of only a handful offered in the Southeast.

"We are thrilled to be one of the few AACSB-accredited doctorates in business in the Southeast,” said JU Business Dean Don Capener. “While there are a number of high profile Ph.D. programs in business in Florida, only Jacksonville University and Rollins College have similar programs for executives seeking a terminal degree in business using applied research. Among other things, this SACS approval enables us to offer more financial aid options to students coming from overseas and to provide definitive approval for all academic certifications worldwide.”

Graduates of the JU Executive DBA will be more prepared to tackle business analytics and the related challenges and global business opportunities, and become more substantive thought leaders, Capener added.

JU expects an initial class of 12 students. Geared toward business professionals looking to move up in their careers by adding intense research tools, cutting-edge analytics and hands-on work with “Big Data” to their portfolios, the program at full-speed will educate up to 40 students in different phases of the three-year program.

Classes will be held Friday afternoons and Saturday two times a month on the JU campus. Some doctoral coursework and assignments will be conducted online, adding to the program flexibility. The research approach for the DBA is an “engaged scholarship” model that focuses on business topics at the intersection of theory and contemporary issues facing area businesses, Capener said.

Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business is already accredited by AACSB, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees, and by SACS, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the preeminent source for accreditation worthiness.

Interested applicants for the JU Executive DBA should have significant professional experience and expertise in management and have a master’s degree. The application vetting process will include, among other things, an on-site interview, written statement of purpose and other requirements. Completing the GMAT college exam is not required but may enhance an applicant’s chances.

For information on applying, visit​ and click on the link for the DBA application, or contact AnnaMaria Murphy, Graduate Admissions Counselor, at (904) 256-7426, e-mail​.

3/25/2014 4:00 PM
JU’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business, initiated new members  March 7 in the Kinne University Center. Senior Alexandra Hoffman was introduced as the scholarship recipient for the year, and Renee Finley ’88 ’02 was named an honorary member.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

Todd Hall, JU assistant professor of sport business, said Hoffman was a triple threat on Jacksonville University’s campus.

“Alexandra is an excellent scholar, an amazing athlete and a contributing citizen to the community,” he said.

According to Hall, Hoffman has held a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout college, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was recognized by Advantage Business Magazine as one of the Top 40 students in the Davis College of Business. She was a spring 2013 Beta Gamma inductee and was chosen to receive the annual Beta Gamma $100 Scholarship based on an essay she wrote and her outstanding GPA and JU contributions.

Her other accomplishments include:

President’s List each semester
Brumos Circle of Excellence
Beta Gamma Sigma
2014 Lead manager of JU’s Fin Fund
2013 A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year
2012-2013 Academic All-Conference
2012 1st team all conference
2012 MVP JU Women’s lacrosse attacker
2012 Lead JU women’s lacrosse team in points and assists
Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll.

“As a freshman, I saw one of my classmates get invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, and I immediately went back to my dorm and researched it,” said Hoffman, a business major and lacrosse player. “I realized what an honor it would be to be part of such a prestigious society and knew I had to make goals for myself to succeed something like this.”

Meanwhile, Finley, vice president of Innovation and Market Intelligence for Florida Blue and a JU EMBA graduate, offered the students some words of advice as they proceed with their education and careers.

“Each of you has this wonderful gift ahead of you of the many paths not yet taken,” she said. “We start out on a path of life without always knowing where that path will lead, but eventually we will find our way.”

The key to success on the path is education, she said.

“Learning is truly the foundation of life. Without the education I received at JU, I wouldn’t have gotten a job with Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and I wouldn’t still be there 16 years later.”

Undergraduate inductees into the honor society are in the top 10 percent of their class; graduate students are in the top 20 percent of their class. Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

Davis College of Business Beta Gamma Sigma officers are Dr. Don Capener, chapter dean; Dr. Matrecia James, Chapter President; Dr. Angela Mattia, chapter advisor and vice president; Dr. Hugh Van Seaton, chapter treasurer; Dr. John Shaw, scholarship director; and Mary Boggs, chapter graduate director.

For information on Beta Gamma Sigma’s JU chapter, contact Mattia at For more information on the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, visit​. 

Following are the newest JU Beta Gamma Sigma inductees:

Juniors: Joseph Merritt and Victoria Seitz.

Seniors: Theresa Acevedo, Kristopher Bacon, Macy Bedingfield, David Dibagno, Carlie Gehlhausen, Ellis Harr, Samuel Helms, Shaun Hysler, Jena Kent, Krista Lamberti, Sonya Larson, Tanja Leiser, Alexis Richens, Rodney Smith, Charles Springer, Lisa Stover and Toi Tanner.

Masters: Subbarao  Ayyagari, Maram Alessa, Faisal Alhunaiti, Fahad Althanyan, Matthew Bauer, Andrew Broyles, Ryan Bush, Brian Dodson, Christopher Farrell, Tyler Fugitt, Ranganath Gangasani, Herbert Hadley, Thomas Johnston, Kelli Kemple, Michelle Markum, Juliane Mickler, Janice Milligan, Tetiana Musiienko, Ashishkumar Nayak, Amy O’Brien, Martina Partee, Amanda Poole, Kiran Reddi, Frances Teller and Haomin Yang.

Chapter honoree: Renee Finley, vice president, Innovation and Market Intelligence, Florida Blue.​​ 

3/13/2014 8:00 PM

​The Davis College of Business’ inaugural class of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) begins this fall.  The program has already received its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  This week the program received its accreditation from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  The program has already accepted 50% of the cohort and final decisions on acceptance for the remaining applicants will be made by May 1, 2014.  Candidates interested should apply by April 1, 2014.  For more information visit:​

2/26/2014 7:00 PM