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Business Administration

Pursuing an accounting major from Olivet College isn’t for everyone.

But for senior Breana Trudell, it took one visit to campus to know this was the place for her. 

Learn more about Breana here. 



Career Experience Takes the Classroom

Under the leadership of Renee Smith, assistant professor of business, the Olivet College Accounting Student Organization (ASO) participated in the virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program earlier this year. VITA is offered to any individual or household with a 2013 annual income of $53,000 or less.

After hosting a successful VITA program with Olivet College in 2013, the Asset Independence Coalition (AIC) decided to extend the partnership.

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Future Executives Learn from Former Executive at Olivet College

Michael Oyster, a 1977 Olivet College alumnus, led a storied career before returning to his alma mater to serve as its executive-in-residence in 2012.

As a former CEO of publicly traded and private companies, Oyster brings a wealth of experience to the college’s Business Administration Department.

Learn more about Michael here.

Hot Major - Top Job 

Unique to Olivet College, business analysis in insurance is a highly specialized major that feeds a thriving job market.

Rated as one of the country’s top 12 jobs to pursue by Money Magazine in 2012, analysts serve as a bridge between a company’s information systems department and other departments and are versed in insurance industry standards, policies, trends and news.

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About the Business Administration Program

Olivet College’s Business Administration Department faculty will teach you to think both creatively and analytically – combining courses and activities related to the nature and operation of both for–profit and nonprofit organizations. Beyond the classroom, our faculty are committed to your success – working one-on-one to ensure you meet your personal career goals.

Our business administration faculty are experienced executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders from some of the nation’s top companies. From day one, they will help you explore your many career options. Our professors are passionate about their work. They will strive not only to challenge you in your academic pursuits, but to help you develop the skills it takes to be successful business leaders.

Each of our courses emphasizes a strategic management approach to decision making and problem solving. You won’t simply memorize jargon and facts; you’ll develop strong analytical and group project skills by working with case studies representing situations you may face on the job. This process ultimately prepares you to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment. In addition, you’ll work to demonstrate knowledge and applications of ethical business standards and commitment to diversity in the workplace throughout your time at Olivet College.

The bottom line: Your Olivet College experience will prepare you to be a contributing member of the business community immediately upon graduation.


John Homer, Ph.D.

Chair, Business Administration Department and Professor of Economics

Renee Smith

Assistant Professor of Business

Michelle Woodhouse - Jackson

Assistant Professor of Business

Lynda Neff

Assistant Professor of Insurance and Risk Management

Dali Giese

Instructor of Risk Management and Insurance; Eaton Intermediate School District Insurance Instructor

Carol Ann Breed, J.D.

Director, Risk Management and Insurance Center and Professor of Business and Insurance


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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