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State Board Report

December 2016

With the assistance of the PhD Project, 20 new business professors were recognized this year at the 22nd Annual PhD Project Conference, held in the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, November 16-18. At that meeting over 320 minority business professionals were invited to explore doctoral programs in all business disciplines. NASBA has been a sponsor of the PhD Project since 2014, with NASBA CEO & President Ken Bishop serving on its Board of Directors.

“This is a results-oriented organization that has had remarkable success in bringing minority talent into academic positions where they can inspire others to follow their lead,” NASBA President and CEO Ken Bishop explains. “We are happy to have this program that augments our effort to bring diversity into the accounting profession and to its regulation.”

When the PhD Project was created, there were only a total of 294 doctorally-qualified African-American, Hispanic American and Native American business professors in all U.S. business schools. Today, there are 1,344 minority business professors. In addition, 278 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs and are expected to become full professors over the next few years. The PhD Project provides direct access to these individuals, so companies providing funding at, or above, a certain level can connect with participating doctoral candidates and their students to share information about careers, scholarships and other educational initiatives.

Qualified candidates are invited to the PhD Project’s annual conference where they hear from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business Ph.D. Candidates are exposed to close to 100 doctoral-granting universities that are represented during the conference’s university exhibit fair. Networking with the university representatives, deans, professors and current doctoral students provides candidates with the tools and resources they need to be better prepared for the application/admission process to doctoral programs.

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