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The Rusche College of Business educates the leaders of tomorrow to meet the challenges of a dynamic global business environment.

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, you will benefit from our personalized student focus, incredible opportunities for intellectual and professional development, and a career-focused curriculum that prepares you for real-world success.

Rusche Facts

  • $375,000
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    managed by students

Transformative Experiences

At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.
Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.

Lumberjack Spotlight

  • Sarah Bone
    Marketing Minor

    Sarah Bone, a graphic design major with a minor in marketing from the Rusche College of Business, received a $5,000 Skyline Displays of Houston Graphic Arts Education Scholarship for the 2020 fall semester through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. The nonprofit awards scholarships to those working on undergraduate or post-graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields. Bone also competed on SFA’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition with Adobe as the client, and was on the first-place team at AAF Houston’s ad competition last year. Bone is a senior from Richmond.

    Read more about her accomplishments.

    Sarah Bone

    Sarah Bone, recipient of a $5,000 scholarship through the
    Advertising Education Foundation of Houston

  • McKenna Maxwell
    Economics Major
    Class of 2015

    McKenna Maxwell recently paid a visit to SFA’s campus to meet with current students and impart career wisdom while touting the college’s impact on her education.

    “I got a great education from SFA because of professors who are invested with their students and where they go from there,” Maxwell said. “They keep in contact with graduates after they leave, they’re always willing to help, and they gave me an education that is comparable or better than what I would’ve gotten anywhere else. Being able to count on a close, personal relationship with professors gives SFA students a leg up compared to some of the bigger schools in Texas.”

    McKenna Maxwell

    McKenna Maxwell, manager of data science and analytics at Dallas-based
    MPower Practice Management, with Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Department Chair and
    Professor, economics and finance

  • Economics professor makes economics fun through experiential learning

    A few years ago, a group of SFA students coined the term “Scanlanomics” in recognition of one of their favorite economics professors, Dr. Mark Scanlan.

    Through an online prediction game, Fredcast, developed by the Federal Reserve Bank, students predict key economic variables. Scanlan designates a day each month for students to discuss their predictions and research. Scanlan has been a member of the SFA faculty since 2005. His goal is to make the material “meaningful, interesting and relevant for students.” He invites banking guest lecturers to visit his class and discuss different topics the students have learned in his money and banking course.

    Mark Scanlan

    Mark Scanlan, Professor, economics and finance department

    Scanlan was recognized with a Bright Spot award by the SFA Faculty Senate,
    the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the SFA vice presidents.

  • Michael Bieler
    Class of 1980

    Michael Bieler travels the world conducting business as vice president of French IT company Capgemini. While at Capgemini, Bieler has worked with industry leaders such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, GM, Walmart and Sony and is a member of the Rusche College of Business Executive Advisory Board. During a recent visit to the college, Bieler gave a presentation to SFA students on the current state of international business.

    Michael Bieler

    Michael Bieler, vice president of French IT company Capgemini

  • Stacie Shirley, accounting major, class of 1990

    Every day is “Tuesday Morning” for Stacie Shirley, a 1990 graduate of SFA’s Rusche College of Business, who since January 2016 has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the national retail chain with more than 700 stores in about 40 states. Shirley has myriad responsibilities at Tuesday Morning, including financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis, accounting, internal auditing, cash management, capital budgeting and analysis, investor relations, and strategic leadership.

    Read more about her story.

    Stacie Shirley

    Stacie Shirley, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tuesday Morning

Want to contact the Rusche College of Business?




    Rusche College of Business
    1908 Raguet Street
    McGee Business Building, Suite 137
    P.O. Box 13004, SFA Station
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

    A A C S B Accredited


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