Glover Hickson IV to receive SC State's first MBA degree

Thursday, December 13, 2007

ORANGEBURG – When Glover Hickson IV walks across the stage in Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Saturday, Dec. 15, he will be a part of SC State University history.

At Saturday’s commencement ceremony, Hickson will become the first recipient of a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, from SC State.

“We are in the business of providing educational opportunities and training for students and leaders at all levels,” said Dr. Robert Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences. “Glover Hickson represents the first of many MBA graduates who will be prepared for top-level managerial and executive careers.”

While matriculating through SC State’s MBA Program, Hickson served as a graduate assistant for 1890 Research, focusing on gentrification and voter involvement, and completed an internship with First Allied Securities, an independent financial services organization. Reflecting on that internship, Hickson said, “I think I found my career.”

A licensed insurance agent, Hickson recently began work as manager of the Aiken, S.C., office of Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company.

“All in all, I think I am getting closer to living a quality life,” he said. “I’m 33, and have plenty of years to hone the skills that I have acquired through my education at South Carolina State.”

Hickson aspires to become a financial planner within the next five years.

To earn his MBA at SC State, Hickson was required to complete 15 semester hours of general courses, 15 semester hours related to his concentration and six semester hours of electives. For his capstone project, he chose to create a business plan for a real estate investment trust.

“Entrepreneurship [courses], combined with agribusiness courses, guided me to a better understanding of major corporations and their financial concerns,” said Hickson.

“I took a liking to complicated, complex subjects such as financial management, along with tax and legal issues. Other courses, such as venture capital, new product development, accounting, strategic management and supply chain management contributed to my knowledge base,” he added.

The first cohort of students in SC State’s MBA Program began classes in the fall semester of 2005. The program includes tracks, or concentrations, in entrepreneurship and agribusiness. SC State is the only South Carolina institution offering a concentration in agribusiness; there are only 14 in the nation.

The entrepreneurship track prepares students to become successful business owners; to build careers with financial institutions, real estate agencies or insurance companies; or to work for local, state and federal agencies that are engaged in small business development.

SC State’s College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences received international accreditation in 2001 from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).