HUNTINGTON — Marshall University's Lewis College of Business has been recognized as a best business school by The Princeton Review for its 2019 annual business school rankings.
Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee, dean of the university’s Lewis College of Business, said it was an honor to be listed in the rankings.
"It's a huge honor for us," Mukherjee said in an interview with The West Virginia Record. "We are especially proud of how we ranked for quality of faculty and for what our students have said."
Mukherjee said the recognition reinforces how teachers and students already feel about the school.
Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee
"We did exceptionally well with the quality of the faculty," Mukherjee said. "The business school and its faculty deliver the highest quality education for our students. Our students have said they liked that faculty worked closely with students and there is a strong bond between teachers and students."
Mukherjee said the business school is one of only 184 schools in the country dually accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in both business and accounting. He said Marshall is one of two schools in the state with this accreditation.
"Our students are sons and daughters of Marshall and we're all like family," Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee said to be recognized for its M.B.A. program shows him the school is continuing to provide what students want and need to succeed.
"Our business school is celebrating its 50th year this year," Mukherjee said. "This is a great time to have this honor."
Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek said in a Marshall-issued press release that the company recommended Marshall as one of the best schools to earn an M.B.A.
"We chose the 252 on-campus M.B.A. programs’ schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools," Franek said. "We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 18,400 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey."
Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert said he was encouraged that the school's M.B.A. program has achieved notable recognition and that the future is bright for the business school.