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A Letter from the Dean

FRudisill2012I am delighted to welcome you to the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2010, the College was named in honor of George Dean Johnson, Jr., Spartanburg native, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. To quote Mr. Johnson, “It’s all about the students!” I assure you that every faculty member shares this view and continually strives to provide and deliver an excellent undergraduate business education to a diverse population of about 800 students. Our success comes through teaching excellence, applied scholarship, service-oriented projects, business partnerships and a high degree of professional integrity and accountability.

Through our engagement with Upstate businesses and the global business community, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics stays abreast of the needs of local employers as well as national and international business trends. We annually meet with area employers to ask them about our graduates and solicit their expected needs for future graduates. What we hear is that graduates of the Johnson College possess the technical skills and abilities to successfully contribute to the business environment. We frequently hear that our graduates possess a work ethic and the necessary “soft skills” required to be successful today. This is no surprise. We have developed a strong professionalism program available to all upper-division business students. This program, taught by graduates of the Protocol School of Washington, provides training in resume development, networking, interviewing techniques, proper workplace dress, office norms and dining protocol. At least twice a year, our students meet and dine with local business professionals to obtain career advice and gain insight into Upstate businesses.

Companies want to hire employees with experience. Therefore, the Johnson College works continuously with companies to identify and promote internships for qualified students. In most cases, students are able to obtain academic credit as well as valuable work experience by participating. The college also offers a dual-degree program with the University of Applied Sciences in Landshut, Germany. Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Arts in International Business for their semester of study at Landshut University (courses are taught in English) followed by a semester-long internship at BMW Manufacturing in Germany or at one of their suppliers in the Upstate. Students then return for their “senior year” at USC Upstate to complete their USC Upstate degree and earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

We are also excited to house the GreenHouse business incubator on the third floor of the George in downtown Spartanburg. The GreenHouse is where startups are nurtured in their fragile early stages in order for them to grow and thrive. The GreenHouse leadership works with startup companies to match resources that strengthen and launch knowledge-based businesses in the Spartanburg area. This is accomplished by building founders’ leadership capabilities and providing functional area support and directed peer interaction as they build their business. The GreenHouse also provides students with the opportunity to work with these companies as employees or interns. In the past two years, over 50 interns have worked in the GreenHouse!

Please peruse our webpages to see additional details about engagement opportunities; to hear from exceptional business leaders and industry professionals; to participate in any number of educational workshops and seminars as a value member of our community; and to share in our vision of becoming the public business school of choice for the Upstate. Or, please stop by and visit us to see for yourself the many exciting things happening here! We are entering a new era of greater expectations to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being throughout the upstate metropolitan region. For more information on our business programs, to explore partnerships, to participate in job fairs, or to join us for any of our community events, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Frank Rudisill, Ph.D.
George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
(864) 503-5511 or frudisill@uscupstate.edu

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Frank Rudisill, Ph.D.
an, Professor of Management
Phone: 864-503-5511

Amy Henderson
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Phone: 864-503-5312

Elnora Stuart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing
Phone: 864-503-5588

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Phone: 864-503-5580

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Phone: 864-503-5049

Sarah C. Butler
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George Dean Johnson, Jr.
College of Business and Economics

160 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: 864-503-5580
Fax: 864-503-5583
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