Business & Professional Studies
Do you ever think about money, the stock market, managing a company or being the CEO of a corporation? Would you like to have the flexibility of being your own boss, or being the manager of a large corporation? If so, the Business Department at Murray State College can help you being this path to success. Our department offers a wide variety of degree plans to help you achieve your educational and professional goals.
Business AS Degrees
The Business Degree and Business - Hospitality Management Degree programs provide students with the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university. These degrees have 2 + 2 agreements with East Central University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. These degrees require more general education courses as a transfer degree, while still providing you the basics to begin your career path to areas such as Accounting, Finance, Management, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Human Resources, or Economics.
Business Management AAS Degrees
The Business Management Degree, and Business Management Options provide students with a wide range of entry level education and training for beginning positions in management and entrepreneurial ventures. with a general management program degree, and options in Accounting, Medical Office Assistant, and Retail Management, students can receive a degree in areas with job opportunities close to home or across the country. Most of these degrees include an internship, which gives students the opportunity to experience working in the area related to their degree. Students with entry-level education and training can expect to find jobs as accounting clerks, legal assistants, lodging and restaurant managers, office managers, medical office assistants, and others.
Phi Beta Lambda
Students at Murray State College have the opportunity to join the local chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the worlds' largest business organization for students. Through PBL you can gain leadership skills, promote service learning, travel, and compete in individual and team events at state, and possibly the national level. Check out everything that Phi Beta Lambda has to offer at their national website: www.fbla-pbl.org, or ask one of our Business Faculty.
Mr. Mickey Jack - Division Chair, Business and Professional Studies,
Director of Special Projects & Program Development
My name is Mickey Jack and I am the current Division Chair for Business and Professional Studies here at Murray State College as well as Director of Special Projects and Program Development. I graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a BS in Biological Health Sciences and from Arkansas State University with a MPA. Prior to my career here at MSC, I worked in the mental health field as well as an extensive career in retail management.
I am passionate about providing our students with top quality education to prepare them for their future. I feel MSC offers students a chance to dream big in a comfortable setting. It provides a more personalized experience than larger universities can offer. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing opportunity to those who are willing to take the first action step toward a better tomorrow.
Mrs. Kathy Bowen – Associate Professor, Phi Beta Lambda Advisor
I am Kathy Bowen, Associate Professor for Business & Professional Studies at Murray State College. I began working for Murray in the 1990s as an Adjunct Instructor. Fourteen years ago I became a full-time faculty and Program Chair for Business Management. I also served for several years as the Division Chair for the division, and just recently “retired” to the position of Faculty, to spend more time working with students. The reason I stay in education is that I strive to make a difference in the lives of students. Through their course work and our student organization, Phi Beta Lambda, I want students to achieve their goals and dreams. Serving as a PBL adviser is a great experience for me. With our students I have traveled across the United States and explored new places. Through PBL I have watched many students grow in their education, leadership, and service to others.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Business Education and Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from East Central University, and am currently working on my MBA from Southeastern. I have also taught in secondary education and for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. My husband and I have owned several small businesses. We have two grown daughters and several grandchildren. My husband, who is an Adjunct Instructor for Murray, and I are first-generation college students. We shared our passion for higher education with our daughters, who also work in public education. And now we are passing on the desire to learn to our grandchildren. Life is good!
Dr. Robbie Marie Pearson is Associate Professor, Program Chair of the AAS Business Management programs and Chief Advisor of Phi Beta Lambda in Business and Professional Studies for Murray State College. She instructs business, primarily in the areas of Marketing, Economics, and Human Resources. She has also instructed graduate courses for William Woods University and Ottawa University. Dr. Pearson won the 2016 Region Six Teaching Excellence award for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
She is a multifaceted 20 year business professional in Human Resources Management Consulting, where she focused in Talent Acquisition leadership, primarily in the telecommunications, pharma, and aerospace industries.
Dr. Pearson is passionate about Career Development and her worked with career seekers and changers in successfully finding the careers that are appropriate for them for over 17 years.
Dr. Pearson is on the board of The Closet Ministry, a 501(c)3, the Treasurer for Tishomingo Daughters, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs organization, founded in 1890, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and MBA from Ottawa University. She also holds both a Master of Science, Training & Development and Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Mr. Randy Tanner - Instructor
I have been employed at Murray since April of 2010. Prior to my tenure as an Instructor in Business and Professional Services, I spent three years working as an accountant in the Business Office. I teach Accounting, Economics and Business courses. I spent more than 30 years in the private sector in various management and financial positions at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram throughout my career. I have a BA from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.