Spring 2001
Vol 18 No. 1

Making Samford a Better Place

An Exceptional Gift

Working for the Common Good

New Business Leadership

Opening the Free Market

Trucking with Computers

Other Stories
Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Faculty Compendium

Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

A Cappella Choir Invited to Sing in Russia

Wind Ensemble Performs at MENC Conference

Samford Students Out-Perform Peers in 'Engagement' with Learning: NSSE

Student Accolades

Samford History Prof's Book on King Jail Letter Examines Complexities of '60s Racial Scene

Humphreys Writes on Baptists and Calvinism

Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

George Authors Doctrine Study

Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

Pharmacies Could Hold a Key to Effective Disaster Response

Cochran and Moore Write the Samford Record Book

Baseball Alumni: Send Your Name

Kenny Morgan Scholarship Winners



Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

For Carl Bellas, the highlight of a five-year tenure as School of Business dean has to do with team building and its obvious results.

"Building 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."

Samford Acting Provost Joe Lewis agreed, but took his answer a step further.

"Carl 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."

Bellas 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 live.

Bellas 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 schools.

It was a three-year process, but in the fall of 1999, the organization awarded Samford its accreditation.

Another highlight, 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."

Bellas believes 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.

"That 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."

Bellas thinks incoming Dean Carl Gooding will take the school forward.

"I have 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."