I am excited and honored to have recently assumed the position of Dean at the School of Business Administration. It is an exciting time to lead the School. In two years we will celebrate our 100th anniversary. While technology and trends in business have changed considerably over the last century – one thing has stayed constant – our commitment to students. The commitment to offer a world-class education to students from the state, region and the world has not wavered; indeed, we have been the leader in business education in the state of Montana for almost 100 years!
Because of the support of the citizens of Montana and alumni, friends and supporters of the School, we are able to offer a phenomenal education to our students at a very low cost relative to schools in neighboring states. While our tuition is relatively low, the education and services we offer to our students are second to none.
We have taken the first step in streamlining services by integrating student services into one location. Undergraduate and graduate student advising, internships, scholarships and career placement services will soon be located in one area of the Gallagher Business Building. Employers highly desire our students due to their grit, determination, work ethic and the business knowledge learned here. Our dedicated team of professionals in the Student Success Center will help our students stay on track to finish their degrees while incorporating internships, and assisting them through the Career Development Program to showcase their abilities and skills to potential employers. Employers also look for students with experience, and we are proud to report that last year over 80% of our graduating seniors worked an internship prior to graduation.
Our faculty at SoBA are thought leaders; they know their subjects well and are able to apply theoretical concepts to real-world problems. Our faculty have extensive work experience and consulting experience where they have solved real problems for real companies. This practical background shows not only in the education our students receive here but also in our ties to the business community and industries throughout the Northwest. I am very proud of the outstanding faculty we have at the School and appreciate their commitment to developing and applying knowledge, as well as their commitment to our students.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to explore our web pages and learn more about the School of Business Administration. You will find information on our outstanding programs, students, faculty and staff. Also, if you would like periodic updates on the School or what a Dean does, please like my Facebook page: Montana Business Dean Christopher Shook or follow me on Twitter @umtbusinessdean.
Welcome to the School of Business!