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Important Dates

Residence Halls Close - November 25, 2020

Remote Instruction - November 30, 2020

Last Day of Classes - December 4, 2020

Fall Commencement - December 12, 2020

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 >>



IFMA Foundation Scholarship Application

Submission Deadline:
Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:59 pm

Who can apply:

  • High school senior
  • Students currently attending accredited degree program
  • Working student
  • Veteran
  • Degree seeking incumbent worker

How can I learn more about eligibility and download the IFMA Foundation Scholarship Application?

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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. 

All fellows participating in the TMCF joint program had the opportunity to compete for a community-related project grant worth up to $10,000.  

Jonathan Jones from Orlando, Fla., Brianna Collins from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jonas Laboo from Tallahassee, Fla., each competed and won a total of $28,000 in grant funds. Jones and Laboo were each awarded $10,000 and Collins $8,000.  

The Hennessy Fellows is a new graduate program for scholars pursuing a master’s degree at a historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the U.S. This initiative is an outgrowth of a $10 million partnership between Hennessy and TMCF. The aim is to annually prepare about 10 HBCU graduate students with the knowledge, skillset and confidence needed to break barriers in the corporate world.  

Jones, a FAMU MBA candidate with a double major in business administration and supply chain management, said he and his other fellows have received great mentorship, networking opportunities and the keys to navigate in the corporate environment during the Hennessy Fellows experience. 

“This program is really putting us in a position of power and putting us where we should be,” he said. 

Collins, a graduate MBA student, is one of the four women in the Hennessy Fellows inaugural cohort. She said the experience has provided tremendous professional and personal growth. 

 “I find myself getting emotionally happy because of all the opportunities that I’ve been able to have exposure to,” Collins said. 

 The fellows received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for a boot camp, executive coaching, up to $20,000 per academic year, a $10,000 annual stipend for other educational expenses, an opportunity to compete for a community-related project grant up to $10,000, and access to online training forums, networking events and professional development experiences. 

 “It is our responsibility as Hennessy Fellows and future global leaders to enrich the community, to give back to the community and by doing so, we can create a perpetual cycle that starts to uplift the next person,” Jones said. “This program is opening doors.” 

For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply for the second Hennessey Fellows cohort, please visit  


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)

- Jonathan Jones
- Brianna Collins
- Jonas Laboo




SBI Battle of the Decades

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

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