FSC Establishes Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics

Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr announced today the establishment of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics, the first named academic school in the College’s 126-year history.  Dr. Carol Jenkins Barnett (Class of 1979) made the gift to name the business school in honor of her husband’s recent birthday and his 42nd year with Publix Super Markets, Inc.  Barney Barnett is a 1965 graduate of Florida Southern and serves as a member of the school’s Board of Trustees.

“The creation of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics is an historic milestone in the continuing, upward trajectory of Florida Southern College and will forever transform the caliber of business education for our students and faculty,” said Dr. Kerr.  This undisclosed gift follows the College’s announcement last month of a $5 million naming gift from Vero Beach, Florida, alumnus Richard W. “Bill” Becker (Class of 1965) for the school’s undergraduate business building.

The Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics will build on the strength of the College’s flagship business program to educate future generations of business leaders and entrepreneurs at the highest standard through state-of-the-art technologies, real-world business opportunities, and world-class instruction both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Barnett School will include the Becker Undergraduate Business Building as well as a  Graduate and Executive Business Building and will feature five academic institutes:  Global Management, Leadership, Sports Management, Healthcare Management, and Information Technology: Logistics and Distribution.

World-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and architect for the College’s Barnett Residential Life Center and the new Christoverson Humanities Building, is designing both buildings in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics.  Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2012 or early 2013.

The naming gift, one of the most significant in Florida Southern College’s history, will provide the necessary resources to secure the future of the largest major among undergraduate students at FSC.   Carol Barnett’s generosity will allow the School of Business to grow exponentially, providing world-class resources and unparalleled opportunities for Florida Southern College business students.

“The establishment of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics will pave the way for Florida Southern College to earn AACSB accreditation and will bring further national prominence to the College,” said Dr. Kerr.  “Today we launch our journey to become one of the top 25 collegiate schools of business in the nation.”

The Barney Barnett School of Business and Economics offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, business administration, and economics. Last fall the school introduced a dynamic, full-time, 16-month MBA program designed for college graduates in any degree field regardless of previous work experience. The undergraduate and graduate business programs provide exceptional engaged learning opportunities for all students, including guaranteed internships, optional study abroad and domestic travel experiences, and student-faculty collaborative research.