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US News ranks UF MBA’s Internet Program No. 4 in nation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business’s Internet Program ranked No. 4 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Online MBA Programs” released Wednesday. UF MBA finished in the top 2 percent of the 196 online MBA programs US News evaluated. Scores were based on five weighted categories: Student Engagement (28 percent), Admissions Selectivity (25%), Peer Reputation (25%), Faculty Credentials & Training (11%) and Student Services & Technology (11%). UF MBA

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Warrington’s master’s programs rank among best in US, North America

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration had seven of its master’s programs rank in the top 15 among U.S. public business programs in Eduniversal’s Best Masters Rankings 2014/2015. The College’s Master of International Business (MIB) and Master of Science in Management (MSM) both ranked second among U.S. publics. The MIB program ranked ninth, and the MSM program ranked 13th among all US schools. UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business’s Traditional (full-time) program was sixth

Holly Pole

Fisher student-athlete in select company

Holly Pole, a senior in the Fisher School of Accounting and libero on the University of Florida’s volleyball team, has had little trouble finding motivation to succeed on the volleyball court. Playing for one of the best teams in the nation, and pursuing a national championship have inspired her since joining the Gators four years ago. Pole’s motivation to succeed in the classroom, however, may have been born in an even more competitive environment—at home. According to Holly, her older

Brittany Wood, Stephanie DioGuardi, Shruti Shah, and Luis Franco

Heavener students win case competition in Australia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four students from the Heavener School of Business won the inaugural Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition in Brisbane, Australia. Stephanie DioGuardi, Luis Franco, Shruti Shah and Brittany Wood competed against 15 schools hailing from 11 countries. The Heavener team was one of only two U.S. teams that competed. The competition’s 16 teams were divided into four, four-team divisions, and each team presented three cases during the preliminary round. The cases were weighted as follows—Case 1: 20%; Case

Dr. Paul Madsen

Accounting professor receives Judy Fisher Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Paul Madsen, an Assistant Professor at the Fisher School of Accounting, was named the recipient of the 2014 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award. The award is given annually to the Warrington College of Business Administration professor whose teaching best exemplified the use of technology over the past year. “Receiving this award has been flattering and validating,” Dr. Madsen said. “I invest a lot in my teaching and, like most professors, the only feedback I typically

Bill and Christie Heavener cut ribbon to open Heavener Hall

UF, Warrington celebrate dedication of Heavener Hall

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Heavener Hall, the Warrington College of Business Administration’s new home for undergraduate programs and activities, was officially dedicated during a ceremony Friday afternoon on the business campus. Among the distinguished guests in attendance were University of Florida President Bernie Machen, Warrington Dean John Kraft and James W. “Bill” Heavener (BSBA ’70), whose lead gift spearheads a $35 million initiative to invest in undergraduate business education. Heavener Hall and the Heavener School of Business were named in his

Stephen K. Asare in class

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks UF MBA among nation’s top 25 full-time public programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business ranked 24th among all U.S. public full-time MBA programs in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “2014 Best U.S. Business Schools.” UF MBA, which was ranked 48th among both public and private programs, was the only full-time program from the state of Florida to appear in the overall top 50. “We are pleased to be recognized once again as one of the best MBA programs in the world by Bloomberg Businessweek, particularly

David T. Brown in class

The Financial Engineer ranks MSF program No. 2 among publics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Hough Graduate School of Business’s Master of Science in Finance program (The William R. Hough Program) was ranked No. 2 among U.S. public programs in The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Finance Rankings. The MSF program ranked No. 8 overall, and was the highest-ranked finance program in the state of Florida. The Financial Engineer measured six criteria—Mean GMAT Scores (30 percent), Mean Starting Salary and Bonus (25%), Mean Undergraduate GPA (15%), Acceptance Rate (15%), Full-Time Graduates

Lillian Mills

Fisher alumna wins top tax award

Fisher School of Accounting alumna Lillian Mills was awarded the American Taxation Association’s highest honor, the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. Mills (BSAcc ’80, MAcc ’81) was recognized for her career contributions in the areas of tax-related teaching, research and service, according to Shelley Rhoades-Catanach, the former president of the American Taxation Association (ATA). Mills, the department chair at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, has not only taught tax at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Flannery

Flannery named to prominent post at SEC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Bank of America Eminent Scholar Mark Flannery has been named Chief Economist and Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC announced Monday. Dr. Flannery will take leave from his scholarly commitments at the Warrington College of Business Administration to fulfill his duties at the SEC, beginning on September 8. “Working as Chief Economist at the SEC offers a very exciting opportunity,” Dr. Flannery said. “I look forward to