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Exploring the myriad industries, sectors and associations in which Fox alumni have staked a claim.
THE
P
H
D
PROJECT
W
hen Bernard J. Milano,
BS ’61
,
led the formation of the PhD
Project in 1994 to support
African Americans, Hispanic
Americans and Native
Americans in attaining their business
PhDs and becoming professors, there
were fewer than 300 people of color in
the country with doctorates in business.
As the PhD Project celebrates its 20th
anniversary this year, more than 1,230
minority professors teach in business
schools (slightly over 4 percent of the
total), and there are about 330 minority
doctoral students in business disciplines.
“We’ve multiplied the role models and
the awareness, and more and more stu-
dents are going to experience seeing a
faculty member of color, which means
that if they’re a person of color this
might be a career they aspire to because
they’ve experienced it firsthand,” said
Milano, who in May 2014 received the
Distinguished Alumni Award from the Fox
School’s Department of Accounting.
The PhD Project includes five minority
Doctoral Students Associations (DSAs)
to support members who are pursuing
business doctoral degrees in accounting,
finance, information systems, management
and marketing. The organization hosts
summer conferences for doctoral students
in conjunction with meetings of profession-
al associations—for example, the American
Accounting Association—so current doc-
toral students and those who are about to
embark on their programs can establish
their networks from the beginning.
The PhD Project also leads an invitation-
only conference in the fall for those
considering applying to doctoral pro-
grams. Last year, the over 350 attendees
could network with more than 100 U.S.
doctoral programs.
“A doctoral program is like walking into
a house with lots of rooms,” Milano said,
emphasizing that for many students it’s a
complete departure from their careers to
shift focus to academics. “You don’t know
what’s in the next room, and you might
be shocked at what you see. We open all
those doors so that even before a person
starts, they know what happens at each
successive stage so they have more con-
fidence and more courage.”
The supportive network pays dividends:
The completion rate among doctoral
NEXT STEPS
As the PhD Project celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is focusing not only on
increasing the number of minority faculty in business schools but also the number
of department chairs or deans. Here are examples of PhD Project alumni or
supporters who serve in leadership roles.
Miles Davis
Dean
Harry F. Byrd Jr.
School of Business
Shenandoah University
dt ogilvie
Dean
Saunders College
of Business
Rochester Institute
of Technology
Kimberly Johnson
Assistant Dean of Student
Engagement and Success
Raymond J. Harbert
College of Business
Auburn University
Mark Dawkins
Associate Dean for
Academic Programs
Terry College of Business
University of Georgia
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