PSU Creates College of Business Administration

October 22nd, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Continuing a tradition of providing exceptional programs in Business, Plymouth State University has established the College of Business Administration and has named longtime Business Department Chair and Professor Trent Boggess as the College’s founding Dean.
Dr. Boggess received his undergraduate degree in History and German, and his master’s in Economics from Bowling Green University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty of Plymouth State, Dr. Boggess was employed by the Ford Motor Company and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kent State University. Since 1983 Dr. Boggess has been a member of the Business Department faculty and has served as Director, Assistant Chair and Chair of the Department since 1992. Dr. Boggess has an international reputation for his knowledge of the products and business practices during the early years of the Ford Motor Company, particularly with respect to the design, development and production of the Model T Ford. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Model T Heritage Complex, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Ford’s Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T. As part of his public service and scholarship, Dr. Boggess has contributed over 2500 volunteer hours to the Benson Ford Research Center.

Trent Boggess
Trent Boggess has been named Dean of PSU’s College of Business Administration

PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Julie Bernier said she has great respect for Dr. Boggess as a leader in business administration.

“Dr. Boggess has led the department through a period of unprecedented growth,” Bernier said. “He is innovative and has the vision necessary to lead the college as its first Dean. I look forward to working with him in shaping the future of this newly created college.”

The College of Business Administration will continue to provide Bachelor of Science degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing and Management and at the graduate level, the Master of Business Administration.

“The current economic situation offers a wealth of opportunities for well-trained students in the global marketplace,” said Boggess. “The programs we offer in the College of Business Administration are preparing our graduates to enter the workforce poised for success.”

There are 850 undergraduate Business majors and 225 graduate students currently enrolled in PSU Business programs.

In just the past year, the PSU business faculty developed several new programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. For example, the recent restructuring of the Bachelor’s degree in Marketing produced three new options; Integrated Marketing Communication, Public Relations, and Professional Sales Leadership. To better serve New Hampshire’s business needs, an option in Small Business and Entrepreneurship has been added to the Bachelor of Science in Management.

The PSU MBA was recently expanded to offer an International Business Certificate in partnership with the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj, Romania, whereby courses are taught by both UBB and PSU faculty. Additionally, this summer, PSU signed an agreement with the American University Antigua to offer the Plymouth MBA with a certificate in Health Care Administration to AUA’s medical students.

PSU’s MBA is offered around the state and online and offers six specialized certificates in Investment and Finance, Strategic Marketing Management, Organizational Communication, The Human Side of Enterprise, International Business, and Health Care Administration. The PSU Small Business Institute (SBI) program is nationally recognized for the quality of its students’ projects and in 2007, was named best SBI program in the country.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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