Stetson School of Business and Economics to Start Beta Alpha Psi Chapter


MACON – Mercer University's Stetson School of Business and Economics has been approved to start a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the premier international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

“Mercer's petition to form a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi represents a major step forward in the mission to offer career-focused education to our business students,” said Dr. Susan Perles Gilbert, dean of the School of Business and Economics.

“Acceptance into Beta Alpha Psi is often accompanied by increased presence of major accounting and financial services firms in our recruiting, improved networking within the profession, and recognition for our excellent students, who graduate with a rigorous and relevant undergraduate degree.”

Stephanie Morris, accounting lecturer, will serve as faculty adviser for the chapter, which will receive its chapter name as part of an upcoming installation ceremony.

The chapter has elected its first group of officers, which includes President Will Childress of Fayetteville, Georgia; Vice President Ashley Smith of Musella, Georgia; Treasurers Ruth Francis of Ludowici, Georgia, and Steffiny Kallickal of Marietta, Georgia; and Secretary Danielle Jones of Atlanta, Georgia.

Beta Alpha Psi has more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since the organization was founded in 1919.

The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field by promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.”

The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA).

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​