The Barnett Business Update - August 2020

August 2020 Edition

Aug 1, 2020

by FSC Staff

Faculty Updates

Recent Faculty Publications:

The importance of timely social media responsiveness. Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing. (in press, 2020), Dr. Dapko and Dr. Harris, with co-author S. Boyer.

The rise and fall of worldwide income inequality, 1820–2035, Southern Economic Journal. (May 2020), Dr. Connors, with co-authors J. Gwartney & H. Montesinos.

Another Look at Frontline Employee Productivity Propensity: A Job Demands- Resources Perspective, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, 28 (3), (forthcoming, 2020)¸ Dr. Harris.

A Test of Neo-Fisherism: 1964-2019, B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics. (forthcoming, 2020), Dr. Bias and Dr. Hall

Governance Mechanisms and Managerial Myopia: Evidence from the Canadian Pharmaceutical Industry, Academy of International Business (AIB) 2020, presented by Dr. Lewellyn.

Media Contributions

Student Stories


Barnett Business has 25 students performing internships this summer at companies including KPMG, BDO, Lockheed Martin, and Mosaic. We are projecting that our students will be participating in more 125 internships in AY 20/21.

Chapters and Clubs:

Beta Alpha Psi

FSC Chapter achieved Superior status for 2019-2020.

The Enactus initiative, Career Closet Lakeland, (established Spring 2019), has achieved remarkable success and will be moving into a larger space this Fall (Rogers Building - Student Solutions Center).

Career Outcomes:

Melissa Hansard, Accounting major and MAcc grad, landed a job as an Audit Associate at RSM.

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Dean’s Office Updates

Retiring and Hiring:

Dean Fenton officially retired on June 30th. He skillfully and successfully led Barnett Business through re-affirmation of accreditation with AACSB. He also initiated and implemented a variety of new academic programs. His hard work, commitment, and impact have built the foundation and trajectory for a very bright future at Barnett Business.

Dr. Lynn Clements retired after 34 years of amazing service. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list, but a few notable impacts include launching the MAcc program, the IAE, and the Fraud Conference. She was the founder and editor of JAFE. She received the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award by the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Dr. Chris Sherman joins our faculty as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. He received his Ph.D. from VaTech, MAcc from U.C. Denver, and his B.S. in Accounting from U.F.

Ms. Carly Love joins our faculty as an Instructor of Accounting. She brings more than 10 years of experience at Deloitte Tax. She is a licensed CPA, and she earned her MAcc and B.S. in Accounting at U.F.

Dr. J. Michael Weber joined Barnett Business as the new Dean on July 6th. His 25-year career as a teacher, scholar, and administrator has focused on innovative, entrepreneurial, and student-centered programs. He has a Ph.D. from L.S.U., an MBA from U.W.F., and a B.S. from U.F.

Program Updates:

The Marketing Major and Minor are now available, via the new Marketing Department, chaired by Dr. Matt Bernthal. The Entrepreneurship Minor is also new and available this Fall.

Featured Alumni

Ryan Buckley

Ryan (MBA '16) was promoted in July 2020 to Vice President of the Lakeland Magic. Ryan has been with the Lakeland Magic since April 2017, most recently as the Ticket Sale Manager. He is also an adjunct faculty member at FSC teaching Sport Business Management classes for Barnett Business. "The experiences at Florida Southern during both my undergraduate and Master Program provided me with the skillset necessary to advance my career, while also creating lifelong relationships and memories."