Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business
Bellas, the highlight of a five-year tenure as School of Business
dean has to do with team building and its obvious results.
a team of talented faculty and reorganizing the School of
Business to achieve accreditation was the highlight,"
Bellas said, "because it increased our quality reputation
in the business and academic communities."
Acting Provost Joe Lewis agreed, but took his answer a step
has contributed significantly to creating a climate of achievement
which has served us well," said Samford's chief academic
officer. "He has done a wonderful job of leading the
School of Business."
has announced his retirement effective this summer. He plans
to relocate in Virginia in a Chesapeake Bay community not
far from Richmond and Alexandria, where his grown children
came to Samford in 1996 after having led Susquehanna University
in Pennsylvania to accreditation in the American Association
of Collegiate Schools of Business [AACSB].
So he was well
prepared for his most immediate challenge: guiding Samford to similar
accreditation, the highest such level of achievement for business
It was a three-year
process, but in the fall of 1999, the organization awarded Samford
said Bellas, "has been the opportunity to be a part of the
Samford community." And as Lewis pointed out, "Dean Bellas
has been a valued colleague to his fellow deans."
the Samford School of Business is poised to continue its forward
progress. But such a move will require more financial support from
the business community and alumni.
support is one of the distinguishing features of excellent private
schools of business," he said. "It lets them compete more
successfully for top students and faculty."
incoming Dean Carl Gooding will take the school forward.
known Carl Gooding for years and worked with him in the AACSB and
on accreditation teams. He is well known and respected in the academic
community and brings to Samford many strengths. He has done a wonderful
job at Georgia Southern."