The Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA) is the regional association of collegiate business programs offered by colleges and universities in the southern US.
My first SBAA meeting was 18 years ago while attending a summer workshop in North Carolina. I am proud to be associated with this organization for over eighteen years and to now to serve as your President. Attending one summer workshop or annual meeting is all it takes to be attracted to this organization. I guarantee you will become a fan and annual participant if you are not already a member. No other organization provides the same warmth and inviting feel, for both deans and administrators, as the Southern Business Administration Association (SBAA). These meetings give you a wealth of current knowledge about business education, accreditation standards (SACS and AACSB), and provide tricks of the trade for both deans and administrators.
Last year, our summer workshop in Biloxi, Mississippi and annual meeting in Austin, Texas offered terrific sessions related to issues facing higher education, implementing new curriculum, accreditation and more.
The SBAA Board of Directors has worked hard to plan a great year in 2017. Our summer workshop will be held July 9-11, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida. The 2017 annual meeting will be held in the capital of the South, in Richmond Virginia, Nov. 12-14 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. From the opening reception to the extravagant dinner on Sunday night and throughout the sessions, breakfasts and lunches, the networking opportunities are plentiful and the informal discussions are lively and informative. Every meeting includes a presentation by officers from AACSB on accreditation matters, an optional golf outing, and a visit to a local business or cultural event in the host city.
With close to 150 universities as members of SBAA, the officers, board members, and sponsors are proud to continue the fine tradition that spans over fifty years. Please join SBAA for 2017 and participate in our meetings in Amelia Island, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. As always, the annual membership dues are affordable and the registration fees for our meetings are reasonable. Please contact me if you have any questions about SBAA or if you would like to sponsor an event.
F. Frank Ghannadian Ph.D.
Dean, Sykes College of Business
The University of Tampa
E mail: Fghannadian@ut.edu