Letter from the Dean

Southern Illinois University



Letter from the Dean

photo of Terry Clark

Dear friends and Saluki family,

What a year! I sort of sensed that accepting the dean position would change my life---well, it certainly did! There have been challenges, drama, excitement and, yes, rewards! In my brief time as dean, I’ve had to climb a very steep learning curve and fight a few battles. But, most importantly, I’ve met many fiercely loyal and supportive friends.

Although the political/economic climate in Illinois hasn’t been ideal, we’ve made some significant advances in the College. Thanks to the optimistic, resilient Saluki spirit, we are not simply surviving, but actually making gains! As we wrap up the Fall 2016 semester and look forward to 2017, I want to tell about some of my team’s accomplishments, and of the opportunities that lie before us.

Our students continue to impress me on a daily basis. Please follow us on Facebook to see our students’ stories highlighted on a weekly basis. There is no shortage of success with our Salukis.   

Thanks to the work of Danna Lewis and the Business Placement Center, we opened our new Career Closet. The Career Closet is funded by generous donations of suits, business attire accessories and financial gifts. The Closet ensures that all of our students can look great and be confident when they visit a company or walk into an interview. We believe that our students’ attire should reflect the level of professional training and education they have received here at the College of Business.

Thanks to generous alumni donations and corporate sponsorships, we were able to host our third Etiquette Dinner for the incoming freshmen class. The dinner helps prepare students to be polished, poised and confident in any professional networking setting! They are treated to a reception with appetizers followed by a three course meal while etiquette training expert Melenie Broyles walks the room looking for teaching points!

The College also welcomed seven new members into our Emerging Saluki Leaders. This group of recent successful graduates become living examples to current students of the commitment to excellence we expect. They are world-class role models of what you can be with an SIU business degree!

Our online programs continue to grow and excel, and I couldn’t be prouder! The online MBA currently ranks #34 in the nation. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Jeffery Reece and Nicholas Hoffman, enrollments for the oMBA are at a record high! We are in the process of developing an Analytics specialization for the program. We have also introduced an optional concentration in agribusiness economics. Applications for Summer 17 are now underway!

Our faculty continue to produce some of the best research you can find, in the world! This isn’t just my opinion. They have earned prestigious awards from the most respected journals. You can learn more about some of their research in the videos made possible by generous donations from Ron Smith.

Although there have been many changes and challenges this year, we remain committed to our mission of delivering the highest standards of excellence in pursuit of our three core academic functions: teaching, research and service. We can’t be successful in any of these without the support of our alumni and friends. Thank you! Happy holidays and I hope to visit with you in person at one of our college events. If you can’t come to us, perhaps I’ll come to you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions, comments, suggestions or concerns. After all, I am a Saluki, SIU is my momma too! 


Terry Clark