The School of Business and Data Science

The School of Business and Data Science is dedicated to fostering the next generation of visionary leaders, innovators, and problem solvers in the rapidly evolving fields of business, mathematics, computer science, and data science. Our mission is to provide a transformative educational experience that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles necessary to thrive in an ever-changing global landscape.


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Meet the Dean

I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to you as we launch the new School of Business and Data Science at Converse University. Whether you are a returning member of our academic family or a new addition to our community, my colleagues and I are honored to have you be part of our institution as we begin this inaugural chapter together.

At the School of Business and Data Science, we believe in fostering an environment that encourages innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our mission is to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to thrive in the dynamic and ever-evolving world of global industry and knowledge. We will provide you with opportunities to work closely with our award-winning faculty and earn valuable professional experience through our Center for Career Development. Whichever major you choose, can expect to learn about data-driven decision making, ethical leadership principles, technological innovation, and international perspectives in an ever-more interconnected world.

We believe in experiential learning as a way to empower and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. You will have the opportunity to study abroad, to broaden your professional experiences through internships with our partners both in Spartanburg and beyond, and to showcase your work through our annual RISE Symposium. All of these opportunities are grounded by a strong liberal arts foundation, the hallmark of all degree programs at Converse University, ensuring that all our graduates will be able to See Clearly, Decide Wisely, and Act Justly.

As we embark on this exciting new chapter at Converse University, I encourage you to seize every opportunity to learn, grow, and explore. Take chances. Try new things. Take advantage of our many student organizations, workshops, and networking events to build lasting connections with your peers and industry professionals. Opportunity awaits.

Once again, welcome to the NEW School of Business and Data Science—I look forward to a successful and rewarding academic year ahead!

Dr. Erin E. Templeton
Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Professor of English

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