A recent survey by The PhD Project placed Morgan State University among the top five U.S. academic institutions with the most diverse business school faculty. MSU’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management has 13 African American, Hispanic or Native American faculty, a number that ranked it fifth among the schools in the nationwide survey. North Carolina A&T State University was ranked first, with 22.
More than 1,300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students are enrolled in MSU’s School of Business and Management, which is among the fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The school has four outreach centers — for project management, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial assistance and development, and entrepreneurship and strategy — and is housed in a 138,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility opened in 2015 on Morgan’s West Campus.
“Our students receive the highest quality of education,” said Fikru Boghossian, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Management. “The diversity of our faculty helps prepare our students for a fiercely competitive global workplace.”
The PhD Project, a nonprofit organization founded by KPMG Foundation in 1994, recruits minority professionals from business occupations into doctoral programs in business. By doing so, the Project attacks what it views as the root cause of minority underrepresentation in corporate jobs, which is that few African American, Hispanic or Native American students study business in college. The PhD Project believes that diversifying business school faculty will attract more of these students to business degree programs and better prepare all students to function in a diverse workforce. U.S. business schools had only 294 faculty members from the three underrepresented groups in 1994. Largely because of the Project’s work, that number has more than quadrupled, to 1,358.
“I am delighted by this recognition of diversity and inclusion in one of Morgan’s longtime centers of excellence,” said Morgan President David Wilson. “The diversity of our School of Business and Management faculty provides positive role models for all of our students and helps move us toward our strategic goal of enhancing student success.”