At the Michael J. Coles College of Business, student success lies at the heart of everything we do. From developing new and innovative academic programs to building lasting relationships with the business community, each action we take is designed to improve the value that students receive from a Coles College education.
This guiding principle means that our faculty are highly-respected in their fields – many had distinguished careers in industry before becoming educators – and that our staff provide exceptional support to the entire Coles College community.
Our students do more than simply earn a degree. They leverage the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to create professional opportunities and become the best versions of themselves.
To ensure that the Coles College of Business never waivers in its commitment to students, we strive to:
- Meet students’ changing educational needs. Making sure students are career-ready upon graduation is critically important. The
Hughes Leadership and Career Program provides valuable career guidance, while events
like the Tetley Distinguished Leaders lecture series and the All-Access Business Series
give students direct access to area employers. In addition, 59 percent of all Coles
College graduates complete an internship or co-op.
- Differentiate ourselves from the competition. Students have a choice of where they earn their business degrees. Recent additions
like the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and the Master
of Science in Cybersecurity help keep the Coles College on the leading edge of business
education and differentiate us from the competition.
- Promote innovation and academic excellence. Coles College faculty produce groundbreaking research that adds to the global business
knowledge base, routinely getting published in Financial Times Top 50 academic journals.
We also urge undergraduate students to conduct research through initiatives like the
Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity Undergraduate Research
Fellowship and participation in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Provide the business community with exceptional graduates. Because the College designs its curriculum around the skills that businesses are
looking for today, we have the University’s highest graduate placement rate, with
many of our academic programs reporting at or near 100 percent placement.
- Foster excellence and diversity in teaching, research, and service. The Coles College creates a welcoming environment for faculty, staff, and students of all perspectives, values, genders, sexual orientations and more. We recently reaffirmed this commitment by establishing the role of Director of Diversity Relations, who will hold the Coles College accountable to these ideals.
All of this represents just a small fraction of how the Michael J. Coles College of
Business sets its students up for success. I invite you to learn more about us and
discover why the Coles College is one of the country’s top business schools.
Robin Cheramie, PhD
Dean, Coles College of Business and Professor of Management
The Coles College dedicated leadership team includes the following:
Robin Cheramie, Dean of Coles College of Business
Hope Baker, Associate Dean for Assessment and Undergraduate Programs
Lisa Duke, Assistant Dean, Administration & Operations
Brett Katzman, Interim Associate Dean of Faculty and Research
Academic Department Heads
David Burns, Chair, Marketing and Professional Sales
Khawaja Saeed, Chair of the Department of Information Systems
Raj Veliyath, Interim Director, Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality and Professor of Management
Steve Smalt, Director, School of Accountancy
Aniruddha Bagchi, Interim Chair, Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
The advisory board provides the Coles College administration with support and advice regarding policies, programs, and the direction of the College, among other duties.
Advisory Board MembersMr. Robert L. Bachrach
Retired Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Congregation Etz ChaimMs. Nancy Berger
AVP-Consumer Billing & Delivery Innovations
AT&T- Financial Billing OperationsMs. Sarah Boone
G2 Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.Dr. Robin Cheramie
Dean, Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State UniversityMr. Michael Chriszt
Vice President and Public Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of AtlantaMr. Kirk Gadebusch
Harry Norman RealtorsMr. Chris K. Gruehn
Pinnacle Financial PartnersMr. Joseph Handy
President & COO
Georgia AquariumMs. Cindy Hannafey
UHY Advisors GA, Inc.Ms. Kristi B. Johnson, CPA
Windham BrannonMr. William (Bil) G. Lako, Jr., CFP
Executive in Residence
Principal, Managing Director
Henssler FinancialDr. Philip N. McCullough
McCullough Consulting, LLCMr. Rotimi Olumide
Modern Workplace Sales Leader (Americas)
World Wide Specialist SalesMs. Sheri Pitcher
Vice President, Operations
Pathbuilders, Inc.Mr. Lee Rhyant
Executive in Residence
President, LER Solutions, LLC
Retired Executive Vice President and General Manager
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyMr. Michael E. Russell
President, MBA, CTP
EtsSolutionsMr. Douglas Shore
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO, Retired
Shore-Varrone, IncMr. Michael M. Smith
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PCMs. Robyn Smith
Executive Vice President
Jackson HealthcareMr. Brent Uken, CFA, ASA
Ernst & Young, Transaction Advisory ServicesMs. Kerstin L. Valdes Benden
CFO Consumer Business, VP-Finance
Georgia-Pacific LLCMr. Mark Wilson
President & CEO
Executives In Residence
Michael J. Coles
Co-creator of Great American Cookie Company
Former CEO of Caribou Coffee
Past Executives In Residence
Executives in residence provide coaching and mentoring to Coles College of Business students.
William G. Lako Jr., CFP, Principal
G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd.
Bob Kilinski, Regional Operating Partner
Keller Williams Realty International
Bernice Dixon, Founder
Connie L. Engel, Partner
Childress Klein Properties
Barry Flink, Executive Vice President and Partner
John W. Gamble, Founder and Principal
Rita Izaguirre, Principal, Ideas
Harry Maziar, President
Zep Manufacturing Company
Larry Stevens, Partner (Retired)
Harry Vardis, Founder and Principal
Creative Focus, Inc.
Steve Wurzbacher, Principal
Erin Wolf, Founder and Managing Partner