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FSU College of Business department under new name and leadership

Dr. James Carson is named the new department chair of the Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies Department

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the name of the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Business Law changes to the Department of Risk Management/insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies in the FSU College of Business, it also welcomes new department chair Dr. James Carson, the Payne & Charlotte Hodges Midyette Eminent Scholar.

"We are proud and excited to be able to name Dr. James Carson as the next department chair for our Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies Department," says Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the College of Business. "Dr. Carson brings a wealth of experience and the weight of an eminent scholar to this leadership position."

The announcement of the name change, instituted to encompass the breadth of knowledge gained in the legal studies courses, and the change in the department chairs comes on the heels of a farewell to the prior Department Chair, Dr. Joan Gabel, who will become the Dean at the University of Missouri Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business.

"We wish Dr. Gabel well and look forward to Dr. Carson’s leadership in this top-ranked department," says Dean Beck-Dudley.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Risk Management/Insurance Program No. 6 among public institutions and No. 8 nationally (2010), while also ranking the Real Estate Program No. 9 among public institutions and No. 12 nationally (2010). The RMI Department also houses the Center for Insurance Research, the Center for Real Estate Education & Research and the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center.

About the FSU College of Business
Founded in 1950, the College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet it has become one of the 10 largest in the nation. With more than 5,700 students, the College boasts a distinguished full-time faculty of 102, including one Francis Eppes professor, eight eminent scholars, three university-named professors and 28 endowed professors. Accredited by the AACSB, the College offers eight undergraduate degrees (BS) with ten majors, and the graduate program offers five master’s degree programs (MBA, MSF, MSM, MS in MIS and MAcc) and seven majors at the doctoral level (PhD). These academic majors are available through the College’s five departments, which include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Business Law. The College also has one independent, industry-specific program, the Dedman School of Hospitality, which offers one undergraduate degree with two majors. The Dedman School of Hospitality has eight distinguished full-time faculty, which include four endowed professors.

For more information contact:
Lindsay Potvin
(850) 644-7840 office; lpotvin@cob.fsu.edu

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