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School of Business and Industry
500 Gamble Street
One SBI Plaza, Room 105
Tallahassee, FL 32307-5200


Welcome to SBI!

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry (SBI), under the leadership of the founding dean, Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley, was established in 1974 to prepare talented students from around the nation and the world to not only survive, but to thrive in a competitive global market place.  Nearly four decades later, the outstanding record of SBI’s achievements is known worldwide, especially among corporate executives and recruiters who frequently visit SBI to observe and review its academic, professional development and internship programs as well as to recruit SBI students.   Tom Peters, in his bestselling book, A Passion for Excellence, described SBI as “the Marine corps of business schools: pride, poise, excellence!”... More > 


Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University School of Business and Industry
October 14, 1925 – September 29, 2015

Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry was the epitome of a “Phenomenal Woman,” trailblazing unbelievable paths in higher education, business education, and the world of business.  She was born on October 14, 1925, in Shreveport, LA, to Melvin and Cora Collins; and, she married James Otis Mobley.  Their three children are James Jr., Janet Sermon, Ph.D., and Melvin.

Dean Mobley earned a bachelor’s degree from Bishop College in 1945, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1963, and several honorary doctorates.  She started at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College (FAMCEE) as a secretary in 1945.  After receiving her post-baccalaureate degrees, Dr. Mobley rose from the ranks of a professor to department chair (1971-1974) to founding dean of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) from 1974 – 2003 (her fourth baby).  During her tenure as SBI’s dean, Dr. Mobley implemented her world renowned Professional Development (PD) Program, a leadership development program designed to teach students behavioral competencies to complement their academic preparation.  To support her innovative PD and academic curricula, Dean Mobley started the SBI Big Board, which consists of over 100 plaques.  Each plaque on the SBI Big Board represents a minimum donation of $100,000 endowed for scholarships.   The earnings from the SBI Big Board accounts still enable SBI to provide scholarships to its “Superstars” today.  As a result of her mega contributions to FAMU, Dr. Mobley received the designation of Dean Emerita after her retirement. 

In addition to serving as a master administrator in higher education and being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida, Dean Mobley served on the boards of directors of Anheuser-Busch Company, Champion International Corporation, Hershey Foods Corporation, Sears Roebuck & Company, Southwestern Bell Corporation, Dean Witter, and Discover.  Dr. Mobley and her husband, James Mobley, a successful entrepreneur, were also pioneers in the Tallahassee Civil Rights movement.   Some of Dean Mobley’s other affiliations included Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., the International Association of Black Business Educators, the National Association of Black Accountants, Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, and the FAMU SBI Hall of Fame to name a few.  Dr. Mobley served as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development for multiple African countries, and she was awarded the FAMU Lifetime Achievement Award among numerous other awards.

Through her tenacious and assiduous efforts, Dean Mobley positively changed the personal, economic, and professional trajectory of hundreds of thousands of individuals, including her students, faculty, and staff – past, present, and future.  Successful SBIans can be found in all industry sectors from education to the C-Suite of multinational corporations, and from entrepreneurs to non-profits all around the globe.  Dean Mobley named the SBI alumni the “SBI Force” because she said that we would be a “force to be reckoned with” in the global economy.  The ripple effects of Dean Mobley’s commitment to excellence in business education and the world of business have been and will be felt for decades. 

Job well done Dean Mobley. Rest in peace! 

Love, Your SBI Family!


Please make your 100% tax-deductible donations to the
1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

For electronic donations, visit the web page below.
In the “Please direct my donation to” drop down menu, select
1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

To mail donations, send to the address below.
School of Business and Industry Dean’s Office
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
105 Sybil C. Mobley Business Complex
500 Gamble Street
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Memo: 1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

SBI Heritage Day Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita

March 31, 2016

Farewell to Dean Mobley
Please contact us if you have any questions, positive comments or condolences at sbi@famu.edu.


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Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation Announcements

October 22nd: FAMU App Challenge Info Session
Description: Do you have an idea for an app? FAMU's Division of Research in partnership with Domi Station, ICCI, FAMU SBI and the Office of Technology Transfer invite you to learn more about the upcoming FAMU App Challenge!
Come by the info session TODAY, Thursday, October 22nd to learn how you can win $2500 for your idea!
Location: Domi Station 914 Railroad Avenue
Time: 6pm
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FAMU App Challenge

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October 30th: Deadline to apply for FAMU App Challenge
Location: Online at www.famuac3.com
Deadline Time: 11:59pm
Web: http://www.famuac3.com

November 6-8th: Actual App Challenge Event
Location: Domi Station 914 Railroad Avenue
Start Time: 4pm
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December 1st: FAMU Entrepreneur's Day and Business Plan Competition
Description: FAMU Entrepreneur's Day is brought to you by the Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation to celebrate student entrepreneurs and student business development. Sessions on how to secure investors, social media and internet marketing as well as registering a business will be lead by community thought leaders. A student business showcase and business plan pitch competition will round out the events. Food and refreshments will be served.
Location: SBI North G12
Time: 8a-6pm

FAMU Entrepreneur's Day and Business Plan Competition

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November 16th: Deadline to apply for FAMU Business Plan competition
Description: Submit your business plan idea for the chance to pitch to area experts for feedback, assistance and support as you embark on your entrepreneurial journey! The judging criteria is available: Business Plan Competition Rules & Judging Criteria
Location: via email to latanya.white@famu.edu
Time: 11:59pm
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November 16-22nd: Global Entrepreneurship Week
Description: Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
Location: Global, more information at http://us.gew.co




Southeast Distance Learning Conference
“Enhancing Access, Curriculum, and Relevance through Distance Learning Communities”
September 24 – 26, 2015
Tallahassee, Florida
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Southeast Distance Learning Conference

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Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy

Florida A&M University will be hosting the Inaugural Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy. The program, sponsored by funding from the School of Business and Industry's Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation (ICCI), is available for students in grades 3 through grades 12, and will consist of separate theme-based weeks designed to introduce students to various topics centered around technology and entrepreneurship.
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SBI Alumni and Friends Annual Fund Campaign

Excellence at the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry is measured by our ability to transform students’ lives through our global business leader education program.   The curriculum and practicum at SBI gives our students the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their chosen professions, and additionally, strengthens their ability to think critically in order to contribute constructively and productively to 21st century society... More >>

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