2023 Donor Impact Report

Stephens College of Business

Dr. Amiee Mellon

Dean Dr. Amiee Mellon

“The faculty in the Stephens College of Business are committed to our students far beyond the classroom and workforce preparation. Not only do we know our students by name, but we take the time to hear their stories and work with them far beyond building a basic resume. Many of our faculty have built life-long friendships with SCOB alumni. In fact, the number of alumni weddings and baby showers our faculty have attended is evidence of not just faculty commitment, but also alumni appreciation. In SCOB, we take “You Belong” to heart.”

Stephens College of Business Report

Enrollment Updates

2013, without Data Analytics = 316

2023, with Data Analytics = 403

New Programs

Nine new concentrations added within the last three years:

  • Sustainable Finance (Finance)
  • Financial Sales (Finance)
  • Human Resources (Management)
  • International Management (Management)
  • Advertising (Marketing)
  • Digital Marketing and Analytics (Marketing)
  • Sales (Marketing)
  • Entrepreneurship, launching Fall 2024 (Management)
  • Entrepreneurship, launching Fall 2024 (Marketing)

Featured Guests

  • Tim Lupinacci (Baker Donelson) discussed the value of internal and external marketing and communication.
  • UM alum and entrepreneur Jim Cavale spoke to Brittany Wagner’s sport business classes; now serves on the Foundation Board.

Awards and accomplishments

  • SCOB faculty have been invited to host bootcamps at prestigious universities such as Columbia University and Stanford University (international division)
  • Several faculty members serve on local high school advisory boards, ensuring open communication between high schools and SCOB

Top Five Initiatives

  1. Increased involvement with local high schools through Mini-SCOB Days, bringing more than 300 business majors to experience “a (short) day in the life” of a business major at UM.
  2. Awarded more than $70,000 in freshman scholarships for business majors.
  3. Engaged students in experiential learning, including hosting a fundraiser as a class project that raised more than $7,000 for the local Boys and Girls Club.
  4. The Grainger Center for Professional Development held the Spring 23 Business Career & Internship Fair where 36 SCOB students met 23 business representatives for career and internship opportunities – leading to several students “working before walking.”
  5. Worked with IS&T to roll out LinkedIn Learning to all of the University of Montevallo

Donor Impact

Connor SimmsMontevallo is a bunch of random kids from different walks of life, different beliefs and different religions and opinions, and we still somehow are able to all stay in one hall and live, laugh and love and be together.” 

– Connor Simms, who is majoring in marketing with a concentration in sales management at the University of Montevallo


Connor’s Story