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Executive Summary

About the Warrington College of Business

Prominently placed as the entrance to the University of Florida, our corner of The Gator Nation is where we develop dedicated business leaders. From here, we influence the world, pushing to stay on the forefront of research and education. But this isn’t about a classroom. The Warrington College of Business is designed to help students change the way they view obstacles in the real world and prepare them to raise the bar.

Top   10
Full-Time MBA among U.S. publics
U.S. News & World Report
No.  14
U.S. Public Undergraduate Business School
U.S. News & World Report
Top   10
Master of Accounting among U.S. publics
U.S. News & World Report
No.  1
Value for Money
Financial Times
No.  6
Online MBA in the world
Financial Times
No.  3
Open New Career Opportunities
The Economist
No.  1
Real Estate master’s public program
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From the Dean

As I begin my tenure as dean of the Warrington College of Business, it’s important to reflect on the previous year of the college.

This year has been unique for many reasons. We’ve endured shifts in our class delivery because of a global pandemic and created plans to prioritize the health of our students, faculty and staff in the future. We’ve also welcomed a new dean at Warrington for the first time in 30 years, and mourned the loss of our College’s namesake.

This amount of change and adversity creates an opportunity for us to show who we are as Business Gators. It allows us to show peer universities, companies and alumni how we can unite to solve problems and take care of each other at the same time. The camaraderie at Warrington has long been evident, and it played a role in my decision to accept the position of dean.

Above all, I am excited to work with you to shape the future of this great college. We are in a unique time, but with these challenges, there’s an opportunity for us to come out better on the other side. I hope you’ll join me in pursuing that goal.

Best,

Saby Mitra,
Dean, Warrington College of Business
University of Florida

Degrees Conferred

  • Undergraduate (1304)
  • MBA (472)
  • Ph.D. (4)
  • DBA (18)
  • Specialized Master's (639)
  • Minors (546)

Total:

2,437

Student Population

  • Undergraduate (5203)
  • Master's (1551)
  • Ph.D. (52)
  • DBA (65)

Total:

6,871

College Information

  • Founded: 1926
  • Faculty/Staff: 124/140
  • Research Centers: 11
  • Endowment Value: $236.7 million
  • Undergraduate majors: 7
  • Minors: 6
  • Master’s programs: 8
  • Ph.D. programs: 5
  • Professional doctorate: 1

Warrington Leadership

Saby Mitra
Dean
Saby Mitra
Gary McGill
Associate Dean & Director
Gary McGill
J. Roy Duggan Professor
Sherry Deist
Assistant Dean, Administration
Sherry Deist
Robert Thomas
Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Robert Thomas
Selcuk Erenguc
Senior Associate Dean & Director
S. Selcuk Erenguc
George W. Etheridge & Lisa O. Etheridge Professor
Alex Sevilla
Associate Dean & Director
Alex Sevilla
John Gresley
Assistant Dean & Director
John Gresley
Jon Cannon
Executive Director of Development
Jonathan Cannon
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Faculty

The Standard for Research

Warrington faculty members are difference makers. They’re on the front lines of business research, finding the next important financial trend or uncovering an integral way for businesses to stay ahead of their competitors. The environment of innovation at Warrington begins with faculty who are constantly striving for it.

Warrington faculty, Jay Ritter working at his desk
Warrington faculty had 175 papers published or accepted in 2019-20

Accounting:

  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • The Accounting Review
  • Contemporary Accounting Research
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • The Journal of the American Taxation Association

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate:

  • The Journal of Finance
  • The Journal of Financial Economics
  • The Review of Financial Studies

Information Systems and Operations Management:

  • Management Information Systems Quarterly
  • Information Systems Research
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Operations Research

Management:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Strategic Management Journal

Marketing:

  • Management Science
  • Journal of Consumer Research
  • Journal of Marketing Research
  • Journal of Consumer Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Joyce Bono (University of Iowa PhD), W.A. McGriff, III Professor, had a research paper named among the most popular articles of the past 10 years by Nonprofit Management & Leadership.
  • W. Robert Knechel (University of North Carolina PhD), Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar and Director of the International Accounting and Auditing Center, is one of 33 faculty members at the University of Florida to be named a UF Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor for 2020.
  • Klodiana Lanaj (Michigan State University PhD), Martin L. Schaffel Professor, was named among a list of 30 worldwide thinkers to watch in the coming year as a member of Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020.
  • Faculty members Michael Mayberry (Texas A&M University PhD) and Steve Tufts (University of Florida DBA) and advisor Melissa Forgione were honored with Warrington’s 2019-2020 Teaching/Advising Award.
  • Jay Ritter (University of Chicago PhD) was the third-most cited finance scholar among all public universities in the world, 15th across all universities in the world.
  • Liangfei Qiu (University of Texas PhD) was named an awardee of the 2019 Information Systems Society (ISS) Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award, which honors early career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.
  • Tianxin Zou’s (Washington University in St. Louis PhD) research was featured in a presentation made by U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Christine S. Wilson.
  • W. Robert Knechel (University of North Carolina PhD) was named Senior Editor of The Accounting Review, the most prestigious scholarly journal of the American Accounting Association.
  • Jennifer Wu Tucker (New York University PhD), Cook/Deloitte Professor, was named an editor at Contemporary Accounting Research.
  • Blake Bowler (Northwestern University PhD), W. Robert Knechel (University of North Carolina PhD), and Michael Ricci (University of Georgia PhD) were awarded a 2020 Center for Audit Quality research grant.
  • Gwen Lee (University of California Berkeley PhD) and Mo Wang (Bowling Green State University PhD) were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study effective recovery for organizations from COVID-19.
  • Chris Janiszewski (Northwestern University PhD) delivered his ACR Fellows Address at the Association for Consumer Research annual conference in Atlanta. Chris joins Joe Alba and Richard Lutz as the third ACR Fellow from Warrington. Since the inception of the award in 1980, only 38 scholars have been named ACR Fellows.
  • Nitish Kumar (University of Chicago PhD) won the WFA Charles River Associate Best Corporate Finance Paper Award.
  • Tao Li (Columbia University PhD) won the Aberdeen Standard Investments (ECGI) Best Paper prize.
  • David Ling (Ohio State University PhD) and Andy Naranjo (Claremont Graduate University PhD) earned National Association for Real Estate Investment Trusts Research Grant Award.
  • Baolian Wang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology PhD) won the second prize award at the Vitznau Conference for Neurofinance.
  • Philip Podsakoff (Indiana University PhD), Hyatt and Cici Brown Chair in Business, has received more than 54,000 citations to his research publications. According to the Web of Science, this makes him the second most-cited management scholar in the world. Podsakoff also received the prestigious Academy of Management Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award. This lifetime achievement award is the highest recognition a management scholar can receive.
  • Amin Hosseininasab (Carnegie Mellon University PhD)
    Assistant Professor
    Marketing
  • William Hughes (University of Georgia PhD)
    Clinical Professor
    Eugene F. Brigham Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Department
  • Bo “Sheila” Jiang (University of Chicago PhD)
    Assistant Professor
    Eugene F. Brigham Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Department
  • Gabriel Pundrich (University of Technology, Sydney PhD)
    Assistant Professor
    Fisher School of Accounting
  • Xun “Douglas” Xu (University of Chicago PhD)
    Assistant Professor
    Eugene F. Brigham Finance, Insurance & Real Estate Department

Faculty Profile


  • Tenured (52)
  • Tenured Track (27)
  • Non Tenured Track (45)

By Department


  • Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (28)
  • Accounting (22)
  • Information Systems & Operations Management (23)
  • Management (25)
  • Marketing (18)
  • Management Communication (6)
  • Administration (2)

Total

118
  • 73% Male
  • 27% Female
  • 32% International
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Warrington Faculty Stand Out in Research

  • The Department of Management at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business ranked No. 4 for research productivity per capita in the 2019 Texas A&M/University of Georgia Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity.
  • Mo Wang ranked No. 2 and Klodiana Lanaj ranked No. 3 in productivity among all scholars published in journals included in the Texas A&M/University of Georgia Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity from 2014 to 2019.
  • Three ISOM faculty were placed among the world’s top 100 information systems scholars: Liangfei Qiu ranked No. 2, Kenny Cheng No. 45, and Anuj Kumar No. 97 based on the Association for Information Systems research rankings for publications in top three information systems journals in 2015-2019.
  • Jay Ritter was the third most cited finance scholar among all public universities in the U.S., No. 15 across all universities in the world.
  • Chris Janiszewski ranked among the top 10 most productive marketing authors (2010-2019), according to AMA DocSig.
  • W. Robert Knechel, Frederick Fisher Eminent Scholar in Accounting, ranks No. 3 in the world based on auditing publications in top scholarly journals over the last 12 years, according to the Brigham Young University Accounting Rankings database.
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Academics

Developing Tomorrow's Business Leaders Today

Warrington students know what it takes to be successful because of their time as students. Whether through their classes, student organizations, case competitions or networking event, our students graduate with much more than a diploma. They take with them the knowledge of what today’s business professional looks like.

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Warrington rises in rankings

Warrington had another strong year with rankings that put the College among the best in the world.

Top   10
Full-Time MBA among publics
U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, Financial Times and QS
No.  9
Master of Accounting among publics
U.S. News & World Report
No.  14
Heavener School of Business
U.S. News & World Report, undergraduate publics
No.  1
Value for Money
Financial Times
No.  2
ROI
U.S. News & World Report
No.  3
Online MBA Program among publics
U.S. News & World Report
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Global

Helping Businesses Around the World

The Warrington experience doesn’t end at the perimeter of campus. Our students have their eyes set on the world. What they learn on our campus translates to businesses around the world as they travel for study abroad, internships or shorter global trips. The Warrington footprint continues to spread around the globe.

University of Florida gateway with Heavener Hall in the background

MIB, MSM students experience business in Germany

Siming Li

I not only learned business lessons, such as having courage to try new ideas from the business presentations, but also was attracted by the beautiful scenery of fallen leaves in Berlin in October. The city is beautiful and so attractive in autumn. I would like to travel to Berlin again sometime in the future.

Siming Li
MSM ’20
Nicholas Leininger

The GIE was such a great experience because we saw and met with some really great German business people. Some of my favorite events were the VW factory visit and the Tillhub visit. It was also awesome to get to know the other students on the trip so well and create new friendships.

Nicholas Leininger
MSM ’20
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Career

Career guidance tailored to any student

Warrington students of every age and experience level have access to customized career services at Warrington. And the numbers prove they are making a difference. Whether the strong rankings our Business Career Services office earns or the impressive placement numbers for students of all programs, Warrington students graduate ready to be immediately impactful employees.

Students at a career fair

Business Career Services Earns High Rankings

The Business Career Services team continues to earn strong rankings from the top business publications. This year was no exception.

No.  1
Alumnus Rating of Career Service
The Economist (3rd consecutive year)
No.  3
Open New Career Opportunities
The Economist

UF MBA

Placement

91%

accepted jobs by three months post-graduation


Mean base salary

$110,509

Mean signing bonus

$23,023

Master of Science in Finance

100%

accepted jobs within three months of graduation

Undergrad Students

Placement

72%

(full-time job; graduate school; already employed/not seeking)


Mean starting salary

$61,895

Warrington begins partnership with professional development company

A new partnership with the JumpStart Advisory Group will allow students to get a jumpstart on their professional development as well as their internship and full-time job search. JumpStart specializes in identifying and developing highly skilled, diverse individuals at the undergraduate, graduate or work professional phases, including diverse races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, veterans and military status, who possess the expertise, experience and academic credentials for today’s competitive employment market. JumpStart also partners with academic institutions to recruit diverse candidates to undergraduate and graduate level programs, as well as employers to recruit top candidates at the undergraduate, graduate or working professional levels.

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Entrepreneurship

Solving problems through a new lens

Entrepreneurship is about more than classroom learning or textbook reading. At Warrington, it’s a mindset. Our entrepreneurship programs teach students to alter their thought process to think like an entrepreneur and view every challenge uniquely.

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Entrepreneurship Center Stays Strong in Rankings

No.  2
Among Publics
Eduniversal Best Master’s Ranking
No.  10
Among Publics
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
  • 300+ student ventures assisted by Entrepreneurship Center
  • 25+ courses in entrepreneurship and 2,500+ students in those courses in 2019-20
  • 3,500+ total students reached by entrepreneurship program at UF in 2019-20

Cocovana wins $25,000 in entrepreneurship competition

Cocovana won first place at the 2020 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition.

Founded and led by Sheldon Barrett, Cocovana is a tropical lifestyle company currently focused on creating innovative tools for opening coconuts and other fruits, which promotes a healthier lifestyle and sustainability. Its first product, the Coconut Twist, allows anyone to safely open coconuts in seconds without creating a mess, much like a can opener, but for coconuts.

“Winning the Big Idea Competition makes me so proud to have chosen the University of Florida for my education,” Barrett said. “I am so grateful for everyone who has helped and believed in me from the UF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, as well as the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. I could not have won this competition without them.”

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Alumni

A network for life

The Warrington network serves graduates long after they walk across the stage and receive their diploma. It’s a bond for life that can connect graduates to the next step in their professional journey or another piece of important advice. Being a Business Gator comes with connections at companies around the world.

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Rankings & Support