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School of Business

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 2:54pm
Gary Carmichael is the recipient of the 2017 Small Business Leadership Award presented by William Carey University and the Area Development Partnership. The annual awards luncheon was held May 3 at Southern Oak House and Gardens.
Carmichael received his undergraduate degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1977 and his MBA in 1989. He is a Certified Public Accountant who transitioned into the manufacturing industry and eventually his own company. Prior to joining the Pridestaff team, Carmichael managed all facets of business operations for 25 years with the last 15 years in senior management positions related to plant management.
Carmichael opened his first Pridestaff office in July 2006 in Hattiesburg and a second location in Gulfport in October 2009. He is a Certified Staffing Professional by the American Staffing Association and has received several Pridestaff President’s Circle Awards for achieving goals.
He was the chair of the Area Development Partnership Ambassadors from 2009 to 2011. He served for four years on the ADP executive board and was chair of the ADP in 2015. He is a past president and board member of the Hattiesburg Country Club and currently serves as treasurer. He served as vice president of membership from 2008-2009 for the local Society for Human Resource chapter and was secretary of the chapter from 2009 to 2011. From 2008-2009 he was director of professional development for Sales and Marketing Executives International. Carmichael has served on the board of the USM Alumni Association and is currently serving as vice chair of the USM Foundation. He is on the board of directors of the Mississippi ASA council and serves as vice chair. 
Carmichael and his wife Wendy have one son, Chad.
WCU and the ADP established the Small Business Leadership Award in 1990 to recognize the important contributions small businesses make to the economic, social, and cultural life of the community and the particular achievements of one individual or family. The award is given in memory of Dr. Joe Roberts, former professor of communication at WCU. Dr. Roberts was also a successful businessman and one of the founders of Aycock-Roberts Furniture. 
The award recipients are jointly chosen by WCU and the ADP. The individual or family must own or manage a business that meets the criteria established by the two organizations and must participate at the highest level of community service. The winner must also reflect Judeo-Christian values.
Guest speaker at the luncheon was Dr. Jeff Barnes, a 1985 graduate of Carey, who is dean of student success at California Baptist University. He is author of “The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth.”
Scholarship Presentations
During the luncheon, scholarship awards were presented to William Carey University students. John Lindsey of Hattiesburg received the Richard “Pepper” Jones Endowed Scholarship. Clayton Rush of Mandeville, Louisiana, and Brooke Morales of Waynesboro received the School of Business Scholarships.
The WCU School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business degree with majors in business administration and cross cultural business management as well as a Master of Business Administration degree. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered on the Hattiesburg and the Tradition campuses. In December 2016, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education granted William Carey University first-time accreditation of the business and management programs offered through the School of Business.
Gary Carmichael is the 2017 recipient of the Small Business Leadership Award, which was presented at the annual luncheon sponsored by William Carey University and the Area Development Partnership on May 3. 
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 3:07pm

Scholarship awards were presented to William Carey University students during the annual Small Business Leadership Award Luncheon on May 3, 2017, at Southern Oaks House and Gardens. Pictured (from left) are Brooke Morales and Clayton Rush, who received the School of Business Scholarship; Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the WCU School of Business; and John Lindsey, recipient of the Richard “Pepper” Jones Endowed Scholarship.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:20pm
William Carey University inducted 22 students into Sigma Beta Delta international honor society in business, management and administration. The students were inducted during a ceremony on May 5 at the Tradition campus.
The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship among students of business, management, and administration and to encourage and promote aspirations towards personal and professional improvements and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. To be eligible for membership, students must be in the top 20 percent of their junior, senior or graduate class.
The inductees are: Tara Adinolfi, Jessica Allard, Stephanie Blocker, Malcolm Bounds, Crystal Crawford, Taylor Dowdy, Simon Ekman, Gleynder Ellett, Janell Goff, Matthew Haymes, Houston Jones, Janine Loftus, Brooke Morales, Lauren Phelps, Sarah Prewitt, Marlene Roney, Peter Rupert, Clayton Rush, Cassidy Sahuque, Jamie Sholar, Lindsay Smilek and Shawn Wiseman.
During the induction ceremony, students from the School of Business presented more than 1,000 cans of food and a cash donation to Barbara Ruddiman of The Lord is My Help food kitchen in Ocean Springs.
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 9:58am
William Carey University has received accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its business and management programs offered through the School of Business.
“The review by the IACBE recognizes the commitment of WCU and the School of Business to high-quality educational programs and student learning,” said Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the School of Business. “Our programs, curriculum, and faculty have been assessed to determine how effectively they meet professional standards and prepare students for their chosen careers. This accreditation affirms our dedication to student success.”
The programs receiving accreditation are the Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in business administration and concentrations in accounting, computer information systems, finance, management/marketing, workforce training and development, and the Master of Business Administration degree.
The accreditation process included a rigorous self-evaluation, a comprehensive, independent peer review, and demonstrated compliance with the following IACBE accreditation principles: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal and external relationships, international business education, and educational innovation.
A release from IACBE stated the School of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations. 
“I am so pleased with another national accreditation of academic programs for William Carey,” said Dr. Tommy King, WCU president. “This speaks to the quality of programs that we offer.”
The School of Business offers both undergraduate and master’s degrees. Classes are offered at the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi. During the 2015-2016 school year, 58 students received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree, and 43 students received an MBA. The undergraduate business administration major has six concentration areas – accounting, computer information systems, finance, international business, management/marketing, and workforce training and management.
The Master of Business Administration is offered entirely at night, which makes it more convenient for working professionals to earn their MBA degree. The school also offers a dual Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degree.
All students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business degree must complete 10 hours of community service. The “Service Learning for Business” course enables students to integrate community service with reflection in order to teach awareness of civic responsibility and strengthen communities. 
“William Carey University is a wonderful asset for our region with far reaching educational and economic impacts,” said Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership. “The university is an excellent partner and an active participant with the ADP, Greater Hattiesburg’s regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization. The ADP and WCU have a symbiotic relationship as we strive to enhance the quality of life and create better opportunities for our citizens.”
For more information about the William Carey University School of Business, please contact Dean Cheryl Dale at (601) 318-6199 or email
Posted 1/6/2017
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:52pm

Patrick Dickson of Mount Olive was awarded a scholarship from the Education Foundation of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. Dickson is a senior accounting major at William Carey University; he has a 4.0 GPA in accounting and a 3.30 GPA overall. He is a member of the WCU golf team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and participates in intramural sports.


College juniors, seniors and grad students representing 11 Mississippi institutions applied for the scholarships, which required submitted essays, transcripts, and resumes. Scholarships worth $2,250 each were awarded to 16 students. 


Founded in 1970, the foundation seeks to promote accounting education in Mississippi colleges and universities by helping students pursue a CPA career.