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Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet its reputation for excellence has helped it become one of the largest. Consistently ranked as a top business school by U.S. News & World Report, several of its programs rank among the nation’s Top 10. Florida State University is ranked one of the most efficient national universities by U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes and Kiplinger rank Florida State one of the best values by combining outstanding education with economic value.


The College of Business is proud of its international reputation, as well as the individual attention our faculty members give students who hail from around the world. Our faculty members are recognized worldwide and serve as visiting professors and lecturers at other prestigious institutions. The college takes pride in its alumni, who are respected corporate leaders and entrepreneurs making their mark on the global marketplace.


In addition to its rigorous curriculum and strong classroom experience, the college provides students with opportunities outside the classroom through student and professional organizations, corporate trips, competitions and industry-specific career fairs. Students have the opportunity to earn professional designations while still in school.


We seek to be recognized as a leader among public business schools, expanding the boundaries of business knowledge and providing exceptional educational experiences for our students.


We create life-changing intellectual and educational opportunities for our students and faculty, leveraging relationships among the university, alumni and the business community to help build a better society through the creation of ethical, sustainable business solutions.


Michael D. Hartline, Dean and Charles A. Bruning Professor of Business Administration
Florida State University
College of Business
314 Rovetta Business Annex (RBA)
Phone: 850-644-3090
Fax: 850-644-0915

Michael D. Hartline became the sixth dean of the Florida State University College of Business on April 1, 2016. As dean, he is committed to improving academic programs, enhancing the student experience, and moving forward with fundraising goals, including Legacy Hall, the college's new home in the Arena District.

Before assuming his current position of dean, he served as interim dean for nine months. Prior to that position, he was associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Charles A. Bruning Professor of Business Administration, responsible for external relations, marketing/branding, executive education and strategic programs. He served as chair of the college's Department of Marketing from 2006 to 2011, associate professor of marketing from 2003 to 2011 and assistant professor of marketing from 2001 to 2003.

As interim dean, he played a major role in securing a $100 million gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation to create the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, the largest interdisciplinary entrepreneurship school of its kind in the nation. He also initiated a revision of the college’s strategic plan to establish goals and metrics that better align the college with the university’s priorities and allow it to think, act and perform like a Top 25 business school.


The construction of our new home, tentatively called Legacy Hall, will provide a large increase in instructional space, along with the technology and collaborative spaces needed to provide tomorrow’s business education. Legacy Hall is transformative for our students, our faculty, our alumni, and our business partners. It is designed to provide space for students to develop their ideas for a new business venture, to learn investment strategies from Wall Street insiders, to practice sales calls in a state-of-the-art lab, or to conduct research on current and emerging business issues. It will open avenues for collaborative research among our faculty. Legacy Hall will allow the College of Business to meet the training and continuing education needs of our alumni and business partners. And, it will allow Florida State University to increase its impact on the art and science of business in Florida, our nation, and our world.

Architecture defines who we are and who we want to be. We are a great business school housed in a modest facility. With Legacy Hall, we will become a nationally preeminent business school prospering in a world-class facility. A magnificent, new building will define our future not only to our students, faculty, and alumni, but also to our friends and the business community at large.

For more information visit the website.

For a full Visioning Study click here (PDF).

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