Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The PhD Project, an award-winning program to create a more diverse corporate America, announces that Project participant Dr. Natasha Wilkins Randle has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Randle, who received her doctorate in management from Jackson State University, is one of only 291 African-American management business school professors in the United States – most of whom have become professors since The PhD 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. Randle has succeeded in the very difficult endeavor of becoming an associate professor with tenure,” said Bernard J. Milano, president of The PhD 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 PhD Project takes great pride in her achievement, and looks forward to following her success throughout her career.”
The PhD Project, a 501(c) (3) organization that the KPMG Foundation founded in 1994, recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs in all business disciplines. Since its inception, The Project has been responsible for the increase in the number of minority business professors from 294 to 1,158. Further, 374 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.
Randle began her doctoral journey by attending the 2000 November PhD Project Conference. Each year, highly qualified professionals who are considering leaving their careers to enter doctoral programs in business are invited to The PhD Project Conference where they hear from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business doctorate. 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, 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 strong support network while receiving important tools to help them navigate their doctoral programs. Randle is a member of The PhD Project Management Doctoral Students Association, first as a student and currently as a faculty member.