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SC HBCU partners with flagship university for new Master of Accountancy program

South Carolina Business Review
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Historically black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs, have often struggled to offer professional masters degrees due to various issues. And that’s why our next guest’s institution has recently partnered with the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business for a new Master of Accountancy program. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Tracy Dunn, dean of the Benedict College Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.