By Jordan Beach
More than 20 years after his introduction to Hank McCamish at a Georgia Public Policy Foundation meeting, not long after McCamish helped fund Reinhardt’s School of Business, Dr. Steve Morse has become dean of the very same school.
“Reinhardt’s reputation, the outstanding business faculty, the business school’s success and its growing programs, at both the undergraduate and MBA level, certainly piqued my interest in being affiliated with this outstanding program,” Morse said.
He envisions the business school growing and continuing its efforts to develop students as whole people through their faith, education and leadership. He also hopes to build on the strength of faculty and students to prepare graduates for the changing and diverse business field.
“Both undergraduates and MBA students have the unique opportunity to learn from our dynamic professors that have a wide variety of real-world work experience to share with our students in bridging the gap between both real-world business experience and textbook concepts,” said Morse. “This unique combination of experience by our professors generates graduates that have highly desired skills in leadership, communication, technical and managerial abilities employers seek today.”
The variety of experience from Morse’s career will aid Reinhardt’s efforts to provide students with experiential learning opportunities in the community. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and applied economics from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. in the same degree at University of Tennessee. He knows what characteristics and skills students need to possess to work in the industry through the consulting projects and hands-on and applied research he completed for many business enterprises and nonprofit organizations.
“These experiences provided first-hand knowledge of the characteristics and skills employers are looking for in business graduates, in addition to how to develop business courses that provide these skills.”
He also completed many community business outreach and service projects in North Georgia. Morse believes this kind of learning experience provides students with unique opportunities that make the difference of being hired for good jobs.
“When our business faculty put together opportunities for student internships for businesses in the area, both students and business organizations benefit. Students benefit in expanding their resumes with real-world hands-on experiences, and businesses and organizations in North Georgia benefit when our students provide needed reliable and dedicated employees in a learning environment,” he said.
In his free time, Morse enjoys fishing, boating, and kayaking with his family. Morse and his wife, Mary, are active in the Boy Scouts of America, along with their son, Chance. His family also enjoys traveling and attending live music events.