Mission and Accreditation Information

Voorhees Mission

Voorhees College is a private historically black liberal arts institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church, whose mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God.

School of Business and Entrepreneurship Vision

The vision of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship of Voorhees College is to be the preferred choice for students seeking a high-quality and globally recognized business education at a liberal arts institution.

SACSCOC Accreditation Statement

Voorhees College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Voorhees College.

Business programs at Voorhees College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

School of Business and Entrepreneurship Mission

The mission of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Voorhees College is to be a leader in providing quality business programs that will prepare students to be successful business and civic leaders for related careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

ACBSP Accreditation Statement

Voorhees College’s Business School programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). Contact the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) at 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213 or call 913-339-9356 for questions about the accreditation of Voorhees College’s Business School.

School of Business and Entrepreneurship Programs and Degree Offerings

By earning an accounting degree at Voorhees College, you’ll prove that you have a firm grasp of accounting concepts and generally accepted accounting principles – skills that any business, regardless of its size, values.

You’ll become versed in taxation theory and in the practical applications of preparing documents for individuals and businesses. You’ll study cost accounting and learn how to apply the concepts to help businesses make the best decisions about where to devote scarce resources.

You’ll also begin to prepare for the certified public accountant’s exam, a key credential that earns you entrance to a number of jobs in the public and private sectors.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Provide the graduate with an excellent background for a variety of alternative careers in the accounting profession, as the current curriculum provides the foundation for employment in the public, private, governmental, or other not-for-profit sectors.
  2. Provide the graduate with the educational prerequisites required for the certified public accountant examination, certified internal auditor examination and a host of other professional titles related to accounting and taxation; and
  3. Provide the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to successfully pursue graduate studies in Accounting, Business Administration, Hospital and Healthcare Administration, Law or any graduate program to which Accounting provides an excellent educational background.

The major in Accounting requires:

  • 44 credit hours of General Education courses
  • 49 credit hours of business core requirements
  • 24 credit hours of course work in Accounting
  • 3 credit hours of electives (Accounting electives)

Total required hours 120

Business Administration

Voorhees College’s business administration program allows you to become familiar with a variety of areas, from accounting to finance to marketing to management – all viable career options. You’ll learn to analyze and solve business problems, traits that are valuable assets to any employer in today’s challenging climate. You’ll become a skilled researcher adept at applying modern technology to your analysis.

The business administration program allows you the flexibility to specialize, too. You can concentrate in either finance or general business.

You education won’t end in the classroom, either. You’ll serve an internship that will act as an introduction to the professional world while also giving you the opportunity to make connections and develop additional marketable skills.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will have knowledge of basic functions and theories of Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and other areas of Business Administration in our economy.
  2. Analyze and solve business problems.
  3. Pursue successfully graduate-level studies and/or a career in Finance, other areas of Business Administration, or other related areas.
  4. Plan and conduct research projects using various research techniques in Finance and other areas of Business Administration; and
  5. Students will use technology for management and analysis.

Business Administration:  General Business Concentration

  • 44 credit hours of course work in General Education courses
  • 58 credit hours of course work in business core requirements
  • 18 credit hours in general business requirements
  • 4 credit hours of free electives courses

Total required hours 124

Program Outcomes:

  1. Students will have knowledge of basic functions and theories of Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and other areas of Business Administration in our economy.
  2. Analyze and solve business problems.
  3. Pursue successfully graduate-level studies and/or a career in Finance, other areas of Business Administration, or other related areas.
  4. Plan and conduct research projects using various research techniques in Finance and other areas of Business Administration; and
  5. Students will use technology for management and analysis.

Business Administration:  Finance Concentration

  • 44 credit hours of course work in general education
  • 58 credit hours of course work in business core requirements
  • 18 credit hours in finance requirements
  • 4 credit hours of electives (Finance electives)

Total required hours 124

The  Organizational Management major is designed to meet the needs of students who have completed two years or more of acceptable college credit—approximately 50 hours in general education requirements.

The students in this program typically are working full time and interested in completing their degrees in the evening while continuing to work. Many of our students already are employed in businesses, government agencies or school systems and are interested in moving into management positions.

The opportunity to attend class one night per week on a year-round basis allows an earlier completion of the degree—the goal is 18 months. Students also can take advantage of a program that offers credit for prior learning, where experiences such as time in the military can be converted to academic credit. Courses are offered in three semesters in which students register in cohorts.

Financial aid is available as well. Students wishing to apply should contact the Financial Aid Office four to six weeks prior to registration.

The goals of the Organizational Management Major are to:

  1. Use appropriate integrative frameworks to identify company-wide problems and discern between their causes and symptoms;
  2. Enact strategy, including management of contingencies, emergent strategies and other modifications to existing plans.
  3. Effectively plan, prepare and execute negotiations; use various processes and tools for bargaining, negotiating and resolving disputes; know the principles of effective negotiation and have practiced negotiation skills in a number of in-class and personal settings.
  4. Identify, plan, budget and initiate projects and monitor project performance.
  5. Create a shared vision and mobilize energy toward goal achievement; manage organizational change and communication; overcome resistance to change.

A major in Organizational Management requires:

  • 44 credit hours in General Education courses
  • 51 credit hours in Organizational Management courses
  • 29 credit hours of free electives courses

Total required hours 124

The following Sports Management degree program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), located in Fort Collins, CO, USA:

Mission

The mission of the sports management program is to graduate professional practitioners and researchers, who have the skills to be leaders in the sport industry. To provide students with the instruction of how to manage sports programs and facilities, understanding of how to promote and market sports programs, and to provide a solid academic foundation necessary for pursuit of a graduate degree, or an entry-level position in the sport industry. As a strategic guiding principle, a unique blend of instruction and mentorship is given to students based upon the college core values of teaching and learning, creativity and innovation, outreach, engagement, and resource stewardship. Under those principles, sport management faculty strives to instill the values, and positive impact of sports in students, and within communities.

The goals of the Sports Management major are to:

  1. To provide students with the ability to manage sports programs and facilities and understand how to promote and market sports programs;
  2. To provide students with both the academic foundation necessary to successfully continue on to a graduate degree in Sport Management; or
  3. To take an entry-level position in the sport industry.

The total program will consist of 125 credit hours distributed over eight (8) academic semesters.

A major in Sports Management requires:

  • 50 credit hours in General Education courses
  • 39 hours in Sports Management courses
  • 16 credit hours from Business Administration courses
  • 9 credit hours of internship

(The internship provides a practical, interdisciplinary experience in a real world setting.

Total required hours 121

Sports Management is not accredited by ACBSP

Campus Sites and Online Degree Offerings

You have goals, and we can help you achieve them! You can earn a Voorhees College degree without going to Denmark, SC. We offer several options for off-campus learning at either our Summerville, SC or Augusta, GA sites. Our off-campus sites meet the needs of present-day workers and adult learners across the state, region, and nation who wish to begin, continue, complete, or enhance their development on a part-time or full-time basis.

Become a Voorhees College Tiger!

Because of our flexible schedule and online format, Voorhees College makes it possible for you to earn your degree outside of the traditional college experience. Our online courses serve all types of students whether it be adult students pursuing their degrees later in life, students currently serving in the military or their dependents, or new students entering college for the first time who just enjoy the online learning environment. We even provide the opportunity to earn prior learning credit for past military service and professional work experiences.

Choose From Our Many Online College Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management

Online Certificate Programs at Voorhees College

  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB)
  • Certificate in Organizational Management (COM)

https://www.voorhees.edu/admissions/registrar/tuition-fees

https://www.voorhees.edu/admissions/financial-aid

Business and Entrepreneurship Faculty Directory Information

Dr. Katherine R. Whitaker
Dean

Office Location: St. James Building
Room: 133
Office Phone: 803-780-1069
Email Address: kwhitaker@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Management

I am Katherine R. Whitaker,  the Off-Campus Instructional Site Coordinator for Voorhees College located in Summerville, South Carolina.  I am married and the mother of two adult sons, the grandmother of one granddaughter. I earned an associate degree in Data Processing from Columbia Junior College in Columbia, South Carolina, a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Doctor of Business Administration from Northcentral University.

I am a member of Line Street Church of God.

My civic affiliations include membership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Xi Omega Chapter in Charleston, SC; President of the Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston, Incorporation, and Financial Secretary for Voorhees College Charleston Alumni Chapter.

My life’s motto is that education is a continuous process.  Each day that God has blessed us to see is an opportunity to learn something new.

Anthony L. Watson
LTC (R)

Office Location: St. James Building
Room #: 224
Office Phone: 803-780-1090
Email Address: awatson@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Military Science

Bachelor of Science Accounting ,

Masters of Arts Leadership and Management 

Master of Arts Acquisition and Procurement

Military Service both Active Duty and Army Reserves (28 Years)

Assistant Warehouse Distribution Manager 

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Recruiting Operations Officer SROTC Program

Dr. Chandra B. Singh
Professor of Economics

Office Location: St. James Building
Room #: 221
Office Phone: 803-780-1093
Email Address: csingh@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Economics

Ph. D. (Economics), 33 years of teaching experience, published papers, delivered talk, enhance students’ critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative skills, always be positive and respect others, my uncle was Professor of Economics at Voorhees College from 1973 to 1979.

Alicia Davis
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Office Location: St. James Building
Room #: 124
Office Number: 803.780.1084
Email Address: adavis@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Accounting

James Ross
Assistant Professor of Finance

Office Location: St. James Building
Room #: 126
Office Number: 803-780-1087
Email Address:  jross@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Finance and Business Administration

Dr. Marcus L. Amos
Assistant Professor / Sport Management + Area Coordinator for Sport Management

Office Location: Bedford Hall
Room #: 3
Office Phone: 803-780-1044
Email Address: mamos@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Sport Management, Kinesiology + Sport Studies, Athlete Personal Development, Substance Abuse

Biography

Dr. Marcus Amos is a native of Augusta, Georgia, 1988 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School (Augusta, Ga.), and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He received bachelor degrees from Saint Augustine’s College, majoring in Physical Education, and Southern University, majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. He went on to obtain dual Masters degrees from South Carolina State University, majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling, and LSU, majoring in Sport Management. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee, with a concentration area in Kinesiology and Sport Management. He has spent over 20 years working within academics,  sports, and social services, combining all within  the aspects of life-skill development in athletics. His passion for ongoing Athletic Player Development has touched the lives of athletes on the amateur & professional levels. Dr. Amos has also become one of the leading educators & advocates in the country providing Prescription Drug Education in Sports. He has presented as a research speaker at local, state, and international conferences; while receiving numerous community, academic, and service awards. Dr. Amos has provided expert media consultation for:

• HBO Real Sports

• ESPN Outside the lines

• ESPN Radio/ESPN News

• 60 Minutes

• 20/20

• L.A. Times

• ABC News

Work Experience

Academic Work Experience:

Voorhees College: Assistant Professor Sport Management (8/15 – present)

University of Tennessee: Volunteer Graduate Student Guest Lecturer (8/12 – 1/15)

University of New Mexico: Graduate Teaching Assistant (1/11 – 5/11)

Athletic Work Experience:

Prevention Education for Athletes: Player Development Consultant (9/05 – present)

Z.E.A.L. Life-Skill Development Program for Student-Athletes (8/10 – present)

NCAA IHOOPS Men’s Basketball Program: Mentor (8/03 – 1/11)

NBA Washington Wizards: Basketball Operations Intern (8/5 – 2/6)

University of New Mexico Athletics: Academic Mentor (8/10 – 1/11)

Louisiana State University Athletics: Academic Mentor (8/03 – 12/05)

Elite Global Sports: Director of Player Development (6/6 – 5/10)

NCAA Health & Safety Grant Speaker (10/04 – 1/08)

His areas of research interest include: Opioid Prevention in Sports, Athletes and Life-Skill Development, and Barriers that affect athletes off the playing field.

Publications:

Spearman, L., Norwood, D., S., Amos, M. (2016). The Thrill is Gone: Scouts perspective on the decline of African-Americans in major league baseball. [The Journal of Sport Behavior: Vol 40 (2), [2017].

Amos, M., L. (2014). Have today’s African-American athletes honored the struggle of ‘42’? In S. Waller (Ed.). 42: Essays on the intersection of race, class, spirituality, and sport in the Jackie Robinson story (pp. 70-86). Scottsdale, AZ: TBI-Wilshire Press.

Bell, R., Parisi, B., Ritz, A., Schaerchterle, A., Spencer, A., Wiginton, A., Amos, M . . . Saunders, W.(2015). Don’t should on your kids: Build their mental toughness. California, DRB Press.

Amos, M. L. (2015, Accepted). Education on prescription drug abuse. In M. Robinson (Ed.). Personal Player Development. Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Publishing.

Inspirational Quote

“Education is useless, if you are not using it to help someone else. If you wake up every day, and not help to educate at least one person in some capacity, your day could be considered useless” (Creagh, 2005).

Teaching Philosophy

“Education is useless, if you are not using it to help someone else.” If you wake up every day, and not help to educate at least one person in some capacity, your day could be considered useless” (Creagh, 2005). This quote is very inspirational to me because of the impact that one may have on another individual due to the knowledge they have gained while matriculating through their own educational path.

My teaching philosophy is somewhat electric, which promotes energy and communication among students. My primary goal is to ignite feedback and participation through life examples that relate to educational topics discussed. In no way could I be effective in the classroom if I did not provide students with real-life situations from my practitioner background and combine this with my research experience. Among the many challenges teachers face, I believe that the most difficult task is encouraging engagement from students. Classrooms are composed of different cultures and ages. I’m aware that it is sometimes extremely difficult to motivate each individual while addressing educational topics. I think you must be a skilled individual to create an atmosphere that provides students with confidence, not disengaging, but wanting to challenge their own selves in classroom discussions. I consider myself to have the capability of being a skilled teacher, with certain positive characteristics. I believe that everyone can grow, I believe in giving positive messages, and I believe in setting the right tone in order to create a positive climate for students.

I have noticed throughout my years of presenting on several subjects within the educational settings that students have responded well when I utilize personal experiences with classroom topics. This encourages individuals to seek further answers and initiate questions surrounding pertinent topic discussion. By nature, some people can be very inquisitive. One goal of my teaching philosophy is to promote questions and answers during and after any lecture that I present. I believe that as a professor, you should always plant a seed of interest, with hope that your students will have a craving to return to your classroom could not be the type of professor that relies on knowledge which is only gained by research outcomes. I believe that information that is applied is also effective in providing students with resolutions to different questions/topics. Another critical aspect of my teaching philosophy involves the encouragement of students to interact; to be confident in their responses to classroom discussion topics; and instill a culture of overall support, rather than discrediting a student’s response. I want to help students gain deep respect for their colleagues, and their environment. This can be impacted by openly sharing ideas and learning how to identify positive statements during subject dialogue.

I think it is increasingly important to create a learning environment promoting self-encouragement.An important quote by Carol B. Hillman (1989), which targeted educating young children, can be translated to apply to college students of all ages, “A positive learning climate in a school for adults is a composite of many things. It is an attitude that respects students. It is a place where students receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where students can experiment and try out new ideas without the fear of failure. It is an atmosphere that nurtures a love of student’s self-confidence so they dare to take risk. It is an environment that nurtures a love of learning.”

The delivery of information literacy to students has become essential in helping them progress through their academic careers. The use of technology has provided efficient ways of information gathering. There are so many electronic resources available not only students, but for professors as well. Students need to be encouraged to utilize the electronic options available for specific purpose as needed. As a professor, I believe it is essential to promote the use of technology for student success. Although I did not start out as a technology expert, I have developed an understanding that students want access to any electronic outlet that will help with their educational success. We are driven today by more social media involvement. I truly support the use of technology in classroom settings. I believe that a professor’s knowledge of electronic sources can have an impact on the student’s success.

The experience I’ve gained from previous professors has allowed me to be more initiative in leading classroom discussions, and becoming a critical thinker. It is equally important to research and study topics that will be relevant to the subject matter presented, and the interest of the student population. These are some important qualities that I will transition as I progress as an educator within a leadership role. As a graduate student at Louisiana State University, Dr. Leonard Moore, who is now a professor and current Vice President in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, was then, and has continued to be a key influence, and motivator throughout my educational path. As a graduate student under his guidance, he instilled in me the importance of being a leader in the classroom, taking charge, be decisive and to always be attentive to the positive responses of an individual. As I moved forward with my interest in wanting to eventually become a college professor, I realized that the skills he instilled in me were compatible with what I wanted to instill in students.

Dr. Leonard Moore has always instilled in me to consider the personal path of each student. Everyone does not gather information the same, everyone does not interpret information the same, and everyone does not have the same mental capacity to learn. But you must be skilled enough to create an atmosphere that everyone feels as if they have the same opportunity to succeed.

Finally, I aim to promote awareness to students in the area of educational networking. Regardless of what school a person graduates from, there needs to be awareness that students have to place themselves in certain surrounds / environments that relate to their career goals as an educator or practitioner.

Calvin T. Williams, Jr.
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Sports Management

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Office Phone: 803-780-1068
Email Address: calwilliams@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Sports Management

Education (In progress)
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)-Concordia University Chicago

(Completed)
Master of Arts (MA) Sports Leadership -Concordia University Chicago
Bachelor of Science (BS) Journalism & Mass Communication (Public Relations)- North Carolina A&T State University
Associate of Arts (AA) General Education – Durham Technical Community College

Work Experience:
January 2016-Present Williams Pro Services, LLC- Certified Sports Agent, Licensed Insurance Agent

May 2014-February 2016
State Farm Insurance- Licensed Insurance Agent

August 2011-May 2015
ETSM, LLC- Certified Personal Trainer, NPC Men’s Physique Competitor

April 2004- February 2010
Arena Football League (AFL)/American Indoor Football Association (AIFA)-Minor League Professional Athlete (Defensive Back)

September 2004- April 2009
Gaston County Schools- Behavior Support Mentor, Teacher Assistant, Substitute Teacher

Inspirational Quote- “Believe in yourself even when nobody else will because your dreams are attainable goals”

Family- Married with two children (one daughter and one son)

Lena Pinkston
Assistant Professor of General Business

Office Phone: 803-780-1092
Email Address: lpinkston@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Retail Marketing

Dr. Ravin Gore-Overby
Assistant Professor of General Business

Email Address: roverby@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Organizational Management

Performance Data

School of Business & Entrepreneurship Graduates 2016-2020

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Accounting 1 5 4 4 1
Business Administration/Finance 2 2 1 3 2
Business Administration/General Business 4 6 10 5 7
Organizational Management 7 7 5 9 4
Total 14 20 20 21 14

Retention Rates by Program First-Time/Full-Time

Major Fall 2016 Returned Fall 2017 Returned Fall 2018 Returned Fall 2019
Accounting 5 4/5 (80%) 3/5 (60%) 4/5 (80%)
Business Administration 18 5/18 (28%) 5/18 (28%) 5/18 (28%)

Voorhees College Top Five (5) Majors

2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
1. Sports Management 1. Sports Management 1. Sports Management
2. Biology 2. Criminal Justice 2. Business Administration
3. Business Administration 3. Biology 3. Criminal Justice
4. Criminal Justice 4. Business Administration 4. Psychology
5. Child Development 5. Child Development 5. Biology

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