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Message from Dean Edwards

There are many reasons to be proud of the accomplishments of the Sorrell College of Business. It has truly been a historic year for the college with the awarding of both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business schools in the world. Currently, less than one percent of the business schools in the world hold dual accreditation. This recognition of excellence adds value to all business degrees awarded from Troy University – impacting past, present, and future graduates.

The decision to work toward the achievement of initial accreditation really started with our fundamental belief that our daily collective work is done for no other reason than to add value to the degree awarded by the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University. I also believe this decision was driven by a long-term strategic goal – to achieve and maintain a high-quality reputation. Nothing demonstrates high quality more than becoming accredited by the organization comprising the best business schools in the world. I must add that the decision was very personal for me as an alumnus of the Sorrell College. I am extremely proud of the education I received at Troy University and felt the achievement of AACSB accreditation was required by my University and long overdue. Though the journey was long, and we experienced many starts and stops along the way, this process has ultimately made us a stronger college. Through this journey, I learned that our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external stakeholders have a connection, commitment, and affection for the Sorrell College and Troy University far beyond my already high expectations.

It is my hope that the initial impact of AACSB accreditation will serve as a boost of pride for our students and alumni. As for the long-term impact, I believe the near-decade’s worth of work done to achieve initial AACSB accreditation has redefined and repositioned the future of the Sorrell College – there is no doubt in my mind that the best days are still to come for the Sorrell College of Business.

As we look to the 2019 – 2020 academic year, we will focus on building the SORRELL Alumni Network. We will schedule SORRELL alumni events in key locations throughout the Southeast – more details to be released soon. I would encourage each of our alumni to connect with the Sorrell College using our social media platforms LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram – this is a wonderful way to stay engaged with the college. If you’re on campus this spring or summer for a visit, please stop by historic Bibb Graves Hall to say hello. This has been a rewarding year for the Sorrell College, and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you in the days ahead.



AACSB Initial Business Accreditation

Troy University officials formally announce AACSB International accreditation for the Sorrell College of Business.

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business has been accredited by the world’s leading institution for business schools.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, founded in 1916 and the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, is the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.

“Achieving AACSB accreditation is the strongest validation of our commitment to making our students globally competitive not only today but for years to come,” said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “This milestone signifies that our students, faculty, staff and alumni are committed to both excellence and continual improvement.” Read More.


AACSB Accreditation for the School of Accountancy

Sorrell College of Business students.

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business now stands as just one of 189 colleges of business worldwide to hold dual accreditation from AACSB International.

The supplemental accreditation of the School of Accountancy was announced today by AACSB, founded in 1916 and the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools. It is recognized as the “gold standard” of specialized business school accreditation, with the largest global business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.

“Achieving AACSB accreditation for the School of Accountancy places Troy University on the very top tier of business schools worldwide. This monumental achievement signifies the deepest commitment by our faculty, staff and administrators to building value in every TROY degree and setting our graduates apart from others in a globally competitive business world,” said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “It is validation that the emphasis we place on student success – both in the classroom and in business after they graduate – will result in highly skilled, globally competitive professionals.” Read More


Sorrell student one of 36 RIMS scholars worldwide

For TROY risk management and insurance senior Hollan Vander Hey, RIMS, the risk management society, is about building key relationships and expanding learning outside the classroom.

In February, the organization awarded her a 2019 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program grant — just one of 36 awarded to elite risk management and insurance undergraduates worldwide — to attend the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition April 28-May 1 in Boston.

“It’s such an honor to receive this grant,” Vander Hey said. “A lot of people apply to be an ABSIP scholar, and to be one of the 36 chosen is an awesome feeling. Being picked, just gave me confidence to know a big organization, like RIMS, saw such potential in me.” Read More.

Hollan Vander Hey

What SORRELL Alumni think of AACSB Accreditation

In November 2018, the Sorrell College of Business achieved AACSB International accreditation. Then, in January 2019, the college achieved AACSB Accounting accreditation, ranking us in the top 200 business schools worldwide. In this video, three alumni express their thoughts on this accomplishment. Watch Here


SORRELL Documentary – How Jeff and Anise Sorrell inspired a business school

As we continue to look forward, it is important for us to remember, acknowledge, and thank those who came before us and built the strong foundation of excellence for the Sorrell College. A talented Sorrell College of Business student entrepreneur (recent graduate), Aaron Wilhite, produced a video to tell the Sorrell story. The “Brown Hat” worn by Mr. Jeff Sorrell, signifies the importance of work ethic, being entrepreneurial, humble, honest, and ethical. These are important lessons that we strive to instill in our Sorrell business students. Watch Here

Study Abroad Trip to Ecuador

Dr. Clint Relyea traveled with four Sorrell College of Business students to Ecuador over Spring Break.

Pictured are Dr. Relyea and students at the equator.
Pictured are Dr. Relyea and students at the equator. L-R Frazier Shoults, Dylan Cecil, Gabrielle Byrd, Dr. Relyea, Dr. Brock Harding & Graham Owens.


Sorrell College Career Fair: More than 200 students participated in the inaugural Sorrell College Career Fair on Tuesday, April 2, in Bibb Graves Hall.

The photo is a student meeting with a potential employer.


Sorrell College Student Research Showcase: The Sorrell College of Business hosted the 7th annual Student Research Showcase in Bibb Graves Hall on Wednesday, April 3.

Student posing beside her project's flayer


Sorrell College International Trade Show: Students in Dr. Relyea’s Managing in a Global Environment class participated in the International Trade Show in Bibb Graves on Thursday, April 4. Pictured are members of the Latvia team. Students are responsible for researching, marketing and making a pitch for the country they are assigned. Read More.

In the pictured are members of the Latvia team


Sorrell College of Business Honors Luncheon: On Friday, April 5, the Sorrell College of Business faculty, staff and administration recognized top students from across the college as well as winners in the International Trade Show and Student Research Showcase. Pictured are Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean and U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Brian Dettmer. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Dettmer was on campus last week for the Sorrell College Honors Luncheon to accept the Top Student Award in our online Master of Science in Management Program. He is the Senior Supply Chain and Material Management professional within the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force servicing more than 53,000 personnel. He came all the way from California to attend the event.

In the picture are Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean and U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Brian Dettmer.
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