Dean’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the AB College of Business, a tight-knit community of thinkers and doers who see the current business environment not as a challenge to be managed, but as an opportunity for exploration and transformation.

Our faculty provide our students with the very best intellectual capital in business schools today, representing the full spectrum of knowledge, from launching an entrepreneurial venture to using business models to address social issues. Their unwavering commitment to the teacher-scholar model means that our students are learning about the latest thought-leadership in fundamental and contemporary business issues directly from those generating that knowledge. Complemented by a highly skilled and dedicated staff, the College of Business provides our students with unique opportunities to fully develop their business acumen and succeed in an increasingly turbulent and competitive business environment.

We are proud of the unique strengths that our historical foundation provides our students. We strive to foster a deep understanding of the environmental, political, social, and technological changes that are exerting an increasing influence on organizations today, while the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills learned in the business school position our graduates for career success.

Our students begin their professional lives with the intellectual breadth and depth required to lead their organizations through complex challenges into the future. Further, our students are shaped by a comprehensive and stimulating curriculum that also includes a wide array of experiential opportunities. Small class sizes allow for a supportive, highly interactive, and engaging learning environment. Case competitions, consulting projects, and internships allow our students to apply their business skills and gain real-world experience.

The College of Business is part of a broader web of Battler alumni, supporters, community, and corporate partners equally committed to ensuring that we remain a model for contemporary business education. We would be thrilled to have you join us in this effort. You belong here.

Drew Ciccarello

Dean of the College of Business, Associate Professor of Business
Drew Ciccarello

Dean of the College of Business, Associate Professor of Business

College of Business at AB

The College of Business has shown tremendous growth in the last several years. This growth has created an excitement and energy as the college adapts to an increasingly entrepreneurial business environment. The college offers majors and minors in the disciplines of Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Sports Management, Healthcare Administration, and Entrepreneurship. The professors advocate an experiential approach to learning and class projects. Many courses in the curriculum use real-world business problems to help students understand and apply the material in their courses. Each professor brings a unique and varied background enhancing the educational experience for our students. Most have industry or ‘real-world’ experience that greatly adds to the classroom discussions and interactions. We strongly encourage and provide opportunities for our students to grow personally and become well-rounded members of society. We encourage students to explore and gain experience in relationships with the local community endeavoring to promote an atmosphere of caring that results in the next generation of business leaders.

Why Business at AB?

  • The college has a superior record of placing students in their careers after graduation.
  • Internships are strongly encouraged and often required in the majors to allow students to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Members of the Business Club, Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda), have competed in and won state-wide and national competitions.
  • The College helps students enter the state-wide business plan competition. This competition has a prize of $10,000 and helps students gain experience in business plan writing and getting their thoughts from great idea to a written, actionable business plan.
  • There are also opportunities for students to design and create their own products. The students have to put into practice the knowledge they acquire in class about production and sourcing of materials. Students find a producer for their product that meets their time and cost restraints. Finally, they develop a plan to market and sell their products; again, gaining hands-on experience that is not only valuable but priceless in today’s business environment.
  • The programs in the College of Business allow students to double major and still graduate in four years, thus increasing their marketability for future jobs.