Business Advisory Board

The Business Advisory Board is composed of members from the private and public sectors as well as alumnae of the College. Each member serves a three-year term. Board members provide invaluable input and feedback that will be used in the evaluation of students’ work and the assessment of the goals and objectives of the Business Program.

The annual meeting is organized in the spring of each academic year. Board members are invited to attend and participate in the meeting at which they have an opportunity to meet and interact with business program faculty and students. Each meeting has a theme and major topic. At the meeting, student recipients of the following awards/certificates are honored:

  • Leadership Certificates
  • B.E.A. Club Outstanding Service Certificate
  • Certificates of Academic Excellence

Together, with the support from Board members, the business faculty continues to strive to achieve academic excellence and provide our students with a quality education that will enable them to pursue successful careers in business or graduate studies. 

Current Board Members

Tommy Burkett (14-17) – Burkett Systems, Inc. 

Harry Cooper (14-17) – Columbia College Criminal Justice Program

Louis F. Dessau (12-15) – Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Eric Farber (15-18) –  Elliott Davis Decosimo

Cecil D. Hannibal (14-17) – City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities

Dwight L. Keeve (16-19) – SCANA Corporation

Robert J. Rolfe (15-18) –  Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Lisa E. Wilson ‘1996 (13-16) – Pure Fishing, Inc.

Jennifer Woodruff (13-16) – General Information Services, Inc.

We welcome new members. If you are interested in serving on the Business Advisory Board, please contact the Business Program Coordinator, Dr. Yuan Li.

Upcoming Events

BAB Annual Meeting – April 2017

Past Annual Meetings, Themes, and Highlights

Annual Meeting, April 6, 2016.  Theme: Building a More Engaged Board – Strategies and Actions

Annual Meeting, April 1, 2015.  Theme: Business Program Review and Introduction of New Majors

Annual Meeting, April 9, 2014.  Theme: Fixing the Business Enrollment: Strategies and Actions

Annual Meeting, April 3, 2013.  Theme: E-Portifolio: Building the Foundation for Career Success

Annual Meeting, April 4, 2012.  Theme: “Service Learning for Business Students”

Annual Meeting, April 6, 2011.  Theme: “Aftershock: New Realities, Risks and Opportunities”

Annual Meeting, April 7, 2010.  Theme: Life-long Learning and Adaptivity in an Ever-changing Environment

Annual Meeting, April 8, 2009.  Theme: The Internship Experience

Annual Meeting, April 16, 2008. Theme: Department of Business and Economics Program Revisions

Annual Meeting, April 16, 2007. Theme: Leadership Qualities in the Business World

Annual Meeting, April 11, 2006. Theme: Student Showcase

Annual Meeting, April 13, 2005. Theme: Specialization of Skills-Setting Yourself Apart in the Job Market

Annual Meeting, April 14, 2004. Theme: Introduction of Faculty, B.E.A. Club Officers and Select Majors

Annual Meeting, April 9, 2003.  Theme: Three panel speakers (Bootsie Wynne and Kelli Gowder of Lexington Medical Center, and Vickie McCrary of First Citizens Bank) spoke on the topic of career opportunities in business and accounting in the Columbia area

Annual Meeting, April 16, 2002. Theme: B.E.A. Club meeting and introduction of club members

Annual Meeting, April 18, 2001. Theme: Update on Presidential Search of the College and Presentation of a new Departmental Initiative with discussion and feedback

Annual Meeting, December 6, 2000. Theme: Department Updates, Faculty Scholarship and Accomplishments and class visit and evaluation of student presentations

Annual Meeting, April 26, 2000. Theme: International Business Research Presentations

Annual Meeting, 1999. Theme: Business Research Presentations