Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Growth in the MSA program

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business (DSB) has seen substantial growth in its Master of Science in Accounting program, with enrollments in 2011 sixteen percent higher than in 2010. “We’re excited that we have such high quality students who are focused on excellent careers in accounting,” said Dr. Dawn Massey, coordinator of the MSA program. The Master of Finance program also shows growth.

Dr. Mark Ligas, associate director of the DSB and director of graduate programs said, “A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that while MBA enrollments are declining nationally, but we’re seeing stable enrollments in the MBA, and increasing enrollments in our more specialized programs, like the MSA and MSF. Our accounting faculty have developed a program that enables students to achieve the 150 credit hours of education they need to achieve the CPA, and provided a program that gives them the advanced knowledge they need in the field. Couple that with the high caliber of research that our accounting faculty engages in, and we have a natural ‘draw’ to our program.”


• The Dolan Graduate Business Association (DGBA) hosted several events, such as the first MBA Oath Ceremony, where students pledged to be business leaders who will hold themselves to the highest standard of integrity. The inaugural event included remarks from Fairfield’s First Selectman, Kenneth Flatto and prominent business leaders who discussed integrity in the work place.

• The School was named an outstanding business school for the sixth year in a row by The Princeton Review. The education services company features the Dolan School in the new 2011 edition. In making the annual list, Fairfield joins an impressive nationwide group of graduate business programs, including Boston College, Fordham University, Georgetown, and Villanova, as well as Ivy League schools such as Brown, Harvard, and Yale.

• The school transitioned to new leadership with Dr. Donald Gibson, professor of management, assuming the role of Dean. Dr. Mark Ligas, associate professor of marketing, was named associate dean and director of graduate programs. Dr. Norm Solomon, after serving as dean for 10 years, returned to teaching full-time.

• Faculty members in the DSB continue to distinguish themselves by receiving important gifts and grants. Drs. Winston Tellis and Vishnu Vinekar received a $300,000 USAID education grant for Senegal; Drs. David Schmidt, Ahmed Ebrahim, and Don Gibson visited Kazakhstan as part of a $150,000 American Councils for International Education grant; and Debra Strauss, J.D., was honored with the George E. Lang, Jr. Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has shown dedication to issues such as academic freedom and faculty rights and responsibilities.