School of Business and Industry
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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!” 

COVID-19 Update!

Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry will continue with remote instruction for the Fall 2020 semester with remote and online classes due the COVID-19 pandemic. The School of Business and Industry’s (SBI) administration, faculty, and staff have put remote systems in place to get our students through the semester successfully. All SBI administrators, faculty, and staff may be contacted via their office numbers and email addresses, which can be found on the “Departments Faculty and Staff” link to left or by calling the main SBI Office at 850-599-3565 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. We continue to work to ensure that we all get through this together while upholding FAMU’s motto of "Excellence With Caring."

FAMU is Number 1!

According to the U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best College Rankings, FAMU is the number 1 public historically Black college or university (HBCU). FAMU ranked number 117 among Top Public Universities, up from number 123 one year ago. Click here to read more!



Announcements and Events


1887 Strikes For SBI!

With current donations of $5,000, we need 300 faculty, staff, and alums to give $150 to reach our $50,000 goal.  Let's get it!
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SBI Battle of the Decades


SBI Alumnus John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft

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Important Dates

Residence Halls Open - January 4, 2021

First Day of Class - January 6, 2021

Last Day of Class - April 16, 2021


Spring Commencement - April 23, 2021

Residence Halls Close - April 25, 2021



Student Spotlight – Mulbe Dilard

SBI Senior and Captain of the University Golf Team, Mulbe Dillard joins Golf Today to discuss playing in the APGA Tour Event at the Farmers Insurance Open, seeing more players of color getting opportunities at the PGA level and more. Read More >>



Alumni Spotlight – Jonathan Quarles

Congratulations to Jonathan Quarles on his new book “MAKING DOLLARS WHILE MAKING CHANGE: The Playbook for Game Changers”.

In his new book, (on-sale January 7, 2021; BMcTalksPress), Quarles journeys through his formative personal and professional experiences, highlighting how they have shaped him as an entrepreneur. Read More >>




Eric Gillman

Alumni Spotlight – Eric Gillman

Congratulations to SBI Alum Eric Gillman on his promotion to join the PwC LLP partnership!  “These newly admitted partners represent the next generation of leaders who put people first—leaders who do the right thing for our staff and clients, for our teams and for our communities." Read More >>







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Nicki N. Howard

Alumni Spotlight – Nicki H. Howard

FAMU alumna Nicki N. Howard (A Portrait of Tax Excellence) is senior tax counsel for CSX Transportation Inc. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, CSX is a rail carrier servicing states east of the Mississippi as well as portions of Canada… Read More >>





Johnathan Jones

SBI Student Spotlight – Johnathan Jones

“Jonathan Jones will graduate this spring from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a double master’s degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management. He was awarded a $10,000 fellowship as part of the inaugural class of Hennessy Fellows has accepted a full-time position with Louis Vuitton as a distribution planning manager.” Read More >>



Student and Alumni Spotlight

FAMU alumni at Goldman Sachs

FAMU alumni at Goldman Sachs: Dwayne Grady (’92), Devin Harrison (’19), Karlyn Small (’17), Timothy McCall(’19), Justice Powell (’18), Kayla McCollum(’16), Frederick Biga (’03), and Kendel Rhodes (’09)

“More than 30 Florida A&M University students participated in a live video conference call with Goldman Sachs recruiters and FAMU alumni this week.“ Read More >>




Kenny Gardner

SBI Alumni Spotlight - Kenny Gardner

Kenny Gardner graduated from SBI in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. "DaVita Kidney Care recently announced Kenny Gardner as its new chief people officer (CPO). Gardner has been with DaVita for nearly a decade and most recently served the company as a group vice president (GVP), overseeing field operations in the Southeast U.S." - Yahoo Finance Read More >>



Recent Supply Chain Management Graduate:

Emmanuel Blake Dawson, BS in Supply Chain Management


Emmanuel Dawson

“ I am a proud SBI Supply Chain Management Graduate!” - Emmanuel Blake Dawson




LaDray Brandan Gilbert

SBI Alumni Spotlight - LaDray Brandan Gilbert

LaDray Brandan Gilbert graduated from SBI in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. He later went on to gain his law degree from the Florida A&M University, College of Law in 2008.

LaDray Brandan Gilbert serves many individuals and families in and around his native Marianna, providing as many as 300 hours of pro bono work each year... Read More >>



FAMU Graduate Students Win $28,000 In Hennessy Fellows Community Project Competition 

Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Business & Industry graduate students (SBI), won $28,000 in a community project competition sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy. 

The Hennessy Fellows from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry are: (from left to right)

- Brianna Collins
- Jonathan Jones
- Jonas Laboo




SBI Alumni Spotlight – Shundrawn Thomas (Book Launch)

SBI Alumni Spotlight – Shundrawn Thomas

Discover Joy in Work: Transforming Your Occupation into Your Vocation

 You devote the majority of your waking hours to work. Yet research reveals today’s workers are working longer, more stressed and increasingly are disengaged in their work. “That’s why they call it work” is the familiar refrain, typifying a commonly accepted view that work is not meant to be enjoyed. What if one of the main purposes for work was pure, unadulterated joy? Whether you seek more enjoyment from your work, or you believe work isn’t supposed to be fun, Discover Joy In Work is the book for you. In this groundbreaking book, Shundrawn Thomas presents a refreshing perspective on work, one of the oldest and most important activities known to humankind. An experienced storyteller, he weaves together empirical research and practical wisdom to totally transform your perspective of work. Thomas accompanies you on the journey by sharing his personal discoveries and timely anecdotes. Consequently, the book is both instructive and a delightful read.


TMCF and Hennessy Select FAMU MBA Students as Inaugural Cohort of Hennessy Fellows

"Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy announced today, the selection of the inaugural cohort of the Hennessy Fellows. Three of the 10 hand-selected Hennessy Fellows are MBA graduate students from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Business and Industry. The Fellows will spend a week in New York City for an intense professional and leadership development experience that will focus on specific competency areas such as leadership, communication, executive presence, accountability and influence, and business acumen. Hennessy executives, and industry leaders will provide interactive lectures, simulations, and executive coaching. "


The Hennessy Fellows from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry are: (from left to right)

- Brianna Collins
- Jonathan Jones
- Jonas Laboo



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As an alumnus of a SBI Graduate Business program, you are a member of our community for a lifetime. This community thrives when alumni share their time and talent, and grow in return. To find out more about how you can stay informed of SBI activities and get involved, please fill out the form below to describe your areas of interest:

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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...

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