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Richard White Jr., Dean
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In the E. J. Ourso College of Business, we define success not by the number of students who graduate and find jobs, but rather by the number of students who graduate and launch rewarding careers that fit their passions and abilities.

With this goal in mind, I championed the creation of our new Office of Business Student Success (OBSS). This office, conveniently located on the second floor of the Business Education Complex Rotunda, centralizes core student support services like academic counseling, career coaching, diversity and inclusion programs, and international studies. We have staffed OBSS with some of the college’s most capable and caring professionals. Though the office just opened in late August, our advisors and coaches are already handling a steady stream of appointments.

Thanks to OBSS, we help students sharpen their competitive edges to stand out in a crowded job market. There are ways you can be part of the OBSS success story:

- Help us provide internship and employment opportunities for business students.
- Invest in student success.

While opening OBSS is a significant feat, it is not the only the only source of pride for the E. J. Ourso College. I want to recognize some of our recent achievements.

We launched a new Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree with the first class starting last fall. The program continues to grow and will produce its first two graduates in May. This paired-degree is just an option for students from across the campus who are looking to incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into their careers. An entrepreneurship minor, electives, and a fellows program are also available. Furthermore, our Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences has been renamed the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, in honor of benefactors Emmet and Toni Stephenson. 

The Flores MBA, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Public Administration degrees continue to be ranked in the top 50 programs in the nation.

We hosted the SEC Business School Diversity Conference in March and will host the SEC MBA Case Competition in April. It's an honor to welcome visitors to the Business Education Complex. We are so fortunate to call this facility home.

This spring we inducted new members of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction. The accomplishments of Claire L. Cagnolatti and Maurice "Skip" J. Robichaux could fill volumes. They are excellent additions to this distinguished group.

While this news is not limited to Ourso College graduates, I should mention a recent PayScale salary report that ranks LSU as best in Louisiana and a leader in the SEC for return on investment, an important measure for students. On average, an LSU graduate’s starting salary is $12,000 above the national collegiate average.

Thanks for all you do to support the college. Geaux Tigers!

Richard D. White Jr.

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