COLUMBIA, S.C.,January 7, 2020 Eighteen years after joining the faculty at Benedict College, Dr. Tracy H. Dunn has become the first woman to be named dean of the Benedict College Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship. She is the fourth dean to head the College’s business school.
Dunn has significantly expanded the breadth and depth of the school’s co-curricular programming with the opening of the Student Innovation Hub. She has increased student participation in local, regional, and national competitions as well as the development of well-designed service-learning projects with options for consulting projects, and outlets for student enterprise.
“This is the right time to be a student at Burroughs,” Dunn says. “Our students are receiving a solid business education supplemented by a plethora of experiential learning opportunities to develop and solidify important soft skills like critical thinking and teamwork. After four years at Burroughs, our students are transformed into well-prepared professionals ready to contribute to society on day one.”
Dunn holds a PhD and MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She received a bachelor’s degree in German from Wofford College as well as a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University. Her undergraduate and graduate education included study abroad in Germany (Goethe Institute – Prien and Rothenburg), England (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester), and Russia (Moscow International Business School).
Prior to her educational pursuits at the University of South Carolina, Dunn worked for IBM, AT&T, and INROADS/Jacksonville.
About Benedict College
Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 25 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world.
Benedict offers several high-demand fields of study in STEM, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Education. The College also has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty.
Over the past ten years, three out of five Benedict College graduates have attended professional or graduate schools. There are over 18,000 proud Benedict Tigers throughout the nation. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150-years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. Contributing $130 million and 1,218 jobs in total local and annual economic impact, a Benedict graduate working full-time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income because of their Benedict College degree.
The College made front-page news in the spring of 2018 when it became the first South Carolina college to lower its tuition by 26 percent. Cutting tuition drew praise from the Commission on Higher Education, South Carolina’s education oversight body. The commissioner noted that the move Benedict College made should be applauded because it offers families affordability and students greater access to higher education.
Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications. For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest.