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March 25, 2014

History in the making: New four-year business degree announced at ABAC

TIFTON —

A press conference at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton this morning revealed some exciting news – students who wish to pursue a four-year bachelor of science in business and economic development can now do so at ABAC.

College President David Bridges, speaking in Lewis Hall, told those present the change is "history making."

"Not only can students earn a business degree, but they can couple it with many of our other degrees like Agriculture or Communications to earn a degree in Ag Business or Business Communications. This provides new options for our bachelor's degree students," he said.

"One student may choose to focus entirely on the business aspect, said Academic Affairs Vice President Niles Reddick. "Another might choose to concentrate on the economic development angle, particularly rural development. I think the degree captures a niche here because it could be all about preparing to take over a small family business."

Susan Driscoll, who is a dean of the Stafford School of Business at ABAC with her husband, Dill, also spoke at the press conference.

"We can truly focus on creating an educational track that fits the student's needs, versus a pre-set curriculum such as marketing, accounting or finance," she said. "This degree is perfect for students who want to be managers of a business or create successful new businesses. Then we have the economic development courses for those who want to focus on building great communities through that avenue."

The freshman class enrollment in the Stafford School of Business was up 55 percent last fall, and 13 percent overall in business. The Driscolls believe the new degree could prove to be the launching pad to greater heights.

"We anticipate that this new degree with further increase our demand since we have so many students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree in business and stay at the school of their choice," said Susan Driscoll.

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