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School of Business

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 3:07pm

Hattiesburg, MS, May 13, 2014 - William Carey University and the Area Development Partnership (ADP) honored Wyche McMullan, owner McMullan Motors, with the 2014 Small Business Leadership Award during the 22nd Annual Small Business Leadership Luncheon held May 7 at Southern Oaks House and Garden. Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, served as keynote speaker for the event.

McMullan grew up in the automobile business, working as a young boy sweeping floors, washing cars, delivering parts, and working in sales. When he graduated from college, he began working at the dealership full-time with his father, Dillard McMullan.

McMullan has served in various capacities in local civic organizations, advertising associations, the ADP, the Forrest County Industrial Park Commission, and state organizations. An active member of First Presbyterian Church, he currently serves as an elder and co-teaches a Sunday school class with his wife, Eleanor. He and Eleanor have a daughter, Kristen; three sons, Kelly, Drew, and Jeff, and five grandchildren.
 
Previous recipients of the award include Jack Simmons of Simmons Furniture Co. in 1990, the inaugural year, and most recently, Tom White of 206 Front and Bianchi’s Pizzeria. Other recipients include Karl Ficken with Willmut Gas Company, Phil Hanberry and Christ Hudson of Hanco Corporation, the Moore family of Moore Funeral Home, Dennis Pierce of Piercon, Inc., Wayne Ross of Commercial Stationery Company, Robert St. John of New South Restaurant Group, and the Dews family of C.L. Dews & Sons Foundry & Machine Co., Inc. Other winners include Gene Owens of Owens Business Machines, the Myrick family of Economy Supply Company, Steven L. Floyd of Steve Floyd Properties, Inc., Allen Anderson of Anderson Retail, Inc., Glenn E. Galey of The Galey Agency, Inc., Doug McLelland of McLelland Television Co., David Rumbarger of Area Development Partnership, Carl Amones of Amones Realty & Tax Services, Gwen James of Coldwell Bank and Don Nace, Inc., Realtors, Jan Lacy of Copy Cats Printing, and Robert E. Donnell, Jr. of Vital-Care Compounder.

Sponsors for the 2014 SBLAL were Bancorp South, Citizens National Bank, Community Bank, Hancock Bank, Magnolia State Bank, PriorityOne Bank, Regions, The Citizens Bank, The First A National Banking Association, Richton Bank and Trust Co., and Trustmark Banking and Financial Solutions.

The SBLA recognizes the important contributions of small businesses to the economic, social, and cultural life of the community and the particular achievements of one individual or family. SBLA nominees must meet several criteria including employing 100 or fewer employees, operating locally except for marketing, exhibiting Judeo-Christian ethics, being financially sound and participating in community service.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:04pm

Hattiesburg, MS, May 12, 2014 - William Carey University will graduate nearly 750 undergraduate, graduate, and College of Osteopathic Medicine students from the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses May 16, 17, and 24. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will preside at the ceremonies.
 
The ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving graduate degrees is Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. During this ceremony, the School of Education will graduate its inaugural cohorts for both the EdD and the PhD in Higher Education Administration. The speaker is Dr. Rodney Bennett, president of The University of Southern Mississippi.
 
The first ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences will be recognized. The speaker is Mark Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson.
 
The second ceremony for Hattiesburg campus students receiving undergraduate degrees is Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Students receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music will be recognized. The speaker is Alan Perry, a lawyer with Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy, LLP, of Jackson.
 
The ceremony for Tradition graduate and undergraduate students is Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker is Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU.
 
On May 24, the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) will graduate its inaugural class of 94 students as doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)  at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. The speaker for this historic graduation is Dr. Karen Nicholls, past president of the American Osteopathic Association. As the 26th school of osteopathic medicine in the country and the first in the state, the WCUCOM’s mission is to train future physicians for careers in primary care medicine to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Gulf South Region. The medical school, under the leadership of Dr. James “Jim” Turner, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (CC-SACS).
 
For more graduation information, call the Office of the Registrar at (601) 318-6195.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:35am

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 10 - Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Small Business Leadership Award, given annually by the Area Development Partnership (ADP) and William Carey University (WCU).

The award recognizes 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 was established in 1990 and is given in memory of Dr. Joe Roberts, a former professor of communications at WCU and one of the founders of Aycock-Roberts Furniture.

Outstanding ADP-member small businesses within greater Hattiesburg and with less than 100 employees are eligible for the award, which will be presented at the Small Business Leadership Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, will be the keynote speaker.
Nomination forms are available online at www.wmcarey.edu, at the ADP or at the WCU Office for Advancement. Completed forms may be sent by mail to the Small Business Leadership Award, c/o William Carey University School of Business, WCU Box 18, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401; by fax at (601) 318-6281; or by email at cdale@wmcarey.edu.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and nominations, contact Dr. Lynne Houston at WCU at (601) 318-6231 or by email at lhouston@wmcarey.edu.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:11pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 19, 2013 - William Carey University Business Leadership Institute students recently attended the Area Development Partnership (ADP) Annual Meeting featuring Governor Phil Bryant as keynote speaker. Led by Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the WCU School of Business, the Leadership Institute (LI) seeks to develop leadership skills of elite Carey business students through professional and community activities. Selection for the Institution is based on academic standing, involvement in university activities, community service, character, and demonstration of professional behavior.

"I invited the Leadership Institute students to attend an ADP event so they could learn more about networking opportunities," said Dr. Dale. "I chose  this particular ADP event so they could learn more about the state's economy from our governor."

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 3:37pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., November 21, 2013 - Dr. Billy Brown, professor of business and associate dean of business programs at William Carey University’s Tradition campus, presented a lecture titled, “Chasing the Rainbow in Search of Business Success” on November 19 in the Kresge Room of Thomas Business Building on WCU’s Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Brown is also a recruiter for the Tradition campus’ MBA program.

This lecture a part of the WCU’s University Lecture Series.

According to Dr. Brown, “Everyday regardless of what you are doing in business, or even in life for that matter, the competition of some kind, variety, shape or form is out to get you so you had best be running.”