Ph.D. Project professor has Darlington connection

The Ph.D. Project, a program to create a more diverse corporate America by diversifying business school faculty, announces that project participant Dr. Adriane Randolph has been promoted to full professor at Kennesaw State University.

Randolph received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University. She is the daughter of Carolyn and the late DeQuincey Davis, and the granddaughter of Perry Simon Sr. and Fannie Simon of the former Simon Community Shoe Shop in Darlington.

Randolph is one of 57 female, African-American Information Systems business school professors in the nation, most of whom have become professors since The Ph.D. Project was created in 1994. The project’s vision is to diversify corporate America by increasing the number of minority business professors (African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American), who attract more minority students to study business in college.

“Dr. Randolph has succeeded in the very difficult endeavor of being promoted to full professor with tenure,” said Bernard J. Milano, President of The Ph.D. Project and president of the KPMG Foundation, founder and lead funder of the program. “She has demonstrated dedication, hard work and intelligence in joining the rapidly growing ranks of minorities choosing to influence the next generation of business leaders as college professors.

The Ph.D. Project takes great pride in her achievements, and looks forward to following her success throughout her career.”

The Ph.D. Project, which was founded by the KPMG Foundation in 1994 and became a separate 501(c)(3) in 2005, recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines.

Since its inception, The Ph.D. Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minorities earning a business Ph.D. from 294 to 1,493.

Further, 270 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.

The project attacks the root cause of minority under-representation in corporate jobs: historically, very few minority college students study business as an entrée to a corporate career. Diversifying the faculty attracts more minorities to study business and better prepares all students to function in a diverse workforce.

Each year, highly qualified professionals who are considering leaving their careers to enter doctoral programs in business are invited to The Ph.D. Project Conference where they hear from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business Ph.D.

Conference participants are provided with the tools and resources they need for the application/admission process to doctoral programs.
Once they enter a program, every minority business doctoral student in an AACSB accredited U.S. business school becomes a member of one of The Project’s five (accounting, finance/economics, information systems, marketing and management) Doctoral Student Associations (DSAs).

Each year, The Project holds a conference for each of the five DSAs, where the doctoral students come together, forming a support network while receiving tools to help them navigate their doctoral programs.

Randolph was a member of The Ph.D. Project Information Systems Doctoral Students Association and now as faculty, is a member of The Ph.D. Project Information Systems Faculty Alumni Association.

Author: Rachel Howell

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