Dean’s Report Articles: page 2

‘Perfect’ employees beware – your perfectionism might be detrimental

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Think back to your last job interview. When asked about your biggest weakness, did you respond, “I’m a perfectionist”? As you might expect, this is a frequent response among job candidates, as perfectionism is commonly thought of as a beneficial quality. However, according to new research from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, perfectionism might not be the best quality to pride yourself on. In fact, it might be detrimental to your personal and professional

MIB student uses business knowledge to help build stronger communities in Peru

The summer before Nicolette Duong (BS ’17, MIB ’18) began her freshman year at the University of Florida, she took a trip to Peru that she thought would just be a visit to see family. Instead, it would inspire her passion for helping others in need. While shadowing her medical student cousin, Duong questioned why the emergency room they were in was so full. “I learned that half the patients suffered from diabetes-related complications,” she said. “After learning that these

UF MBA continues to innovate with new program

The Warrington College of Business has long prioritized innovation within the educational experience. The College’s newest program – a fully online MBA program that requires zero campus visit for students – is just the latest example. While the program has served as a pioneer in the online MBA industry and later developed professional MBA programs that require only one campus visit per month, Dean John Kraft wanted to ensure that the College remained in front of the competition. UF MBA’s

Prioritizing Social Impact

The UF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center prioritizes entrepreneurial education for students and people of many backgrounds. The Center’s dedication to serving many groups of people in the Gainesville community and across the world has led to programs that ensure business students and leaders have access to entrepreneurial training. The Center targets a wide range of people with many programs, all aiming to have a social impact on those who need resources the most. Programs specifically assist veterans, low income entrepreneurs

Making learning more personal

As Warrington continues to expand its online program offerings, the latest innovation will provide those programs with an enhanced student experience. Warrington developed a new lightboard studio that is available for faculty lectures and provides students with a more personal experience while watching online lectures. Instead of staring at a faculty member’s back while writing on a chalkboard, this new lightboard gives faculty members the ability to make eye contact with the camera while writing and solving problems on a

Supporting the future of Warrington

Since graduating from the University of Florida, Tom Frankland (BSBA ’70) has watched the university grow from a small state university to one of the top 10 public universities in the country. Frankland, who retired after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Coast Bank, has seen his support help UF and the Warrington College of Business become leaders in education. His most recent gift was made to ensure

Public Utility Research Center Director appointed to energy task force by Puerto Rico governor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Mark A. Jamison, Director of the Public Utility Research Center and Gunter Professor, was appointed by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares to serve on a Blue Ribbon Task Force to rebuild the Commonwealth’s energy policies and regulation following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The project, “Strategizing and Electric Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework in Puerto Rico,” seeks to establish a reliable, affordable and sustainable electric energy grid system as well as develop

Five Hough master’s programs rank in top five among publics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Programs across the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business once again remained in the top five among public institutions in the 2018 edition of Eduniversal’s Best Master’s Ranking. For the second year, the Master of Science in Management took the No. 1 position among U.S. publics, and UF MBA’s Full-Time program remained in the No. 5 spot. The Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate was named

Fisher School professor receives honorary doctorate

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. W. Robert Knechel, Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar and Director of the International Accounting and Auditing Center, received an honorary doctorate from BI Norwegian School of Business this June in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of accounting. “This was quite a surprise, and a real honor,” Knechel said. “The recipients come from a number of elite schools – Harvard, Stanford, Columbia – and include a Nobel laureate in economics. To place an audit

GSIF gives back to scholarship program

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $9,500 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. Last year, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which pursues the primary goal of graduating first-generation, low-income undergraduate students. GSIF is a student-managed investment fund that gives members a realistic asset management experience. The fund currently has $500,000 assets under