Welcome

Photo of Dr. Marilyn Helms at the Inland Port

Welcome to the Dalton State College’s C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business.

If you are looking for a best-value, AACSB-Accredited business program, known for our highly acclaimed teaching, you are in the Wright place. The Wright School of Business, listed in the 2020 US News and World Report as a Best Undergraduate Business Programs rankings, offers AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Business Administration degrees to meet your professional goals. Less than 5% of the schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB accreditation. 

If you are a prospective student, you are in the Wright place. We offer six AACSB accredited Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees along with minors in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Technology (FinTech), Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, and International Business. Include a short-term study abroad program as part of your curriculum to gain the global experience demanded by today's employers. Join the Wright Club and meet regional business leaders and tour service and manufacturing organizations for learning and development opportunities outside the classroom.  If you are a freshman, consider job shadowing a local business executive to learn more about careers in business and help you decide your business major. If you are a junior, consider working in an internship within your field of study. See your professor or the WSOB Assistant Dean, Professor Jamie Connors, for more details.  If you are a returning, working adult student, we offer our BBA degree in Finance and Applied Economics and our BBA in Marketing as day programs.  Our BBA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and our BBA in Management Information Systems are night programs.  And, we offer our BBA in Management and our BBA in Accounting in both day and night options. 

If you simply want to take a course to update your business skills, you are in the Wright place.  You may audit any Wright School of Business courses through our "Educational Enhancement" program.  You pay only for the tuition fees and books and do not pay DSC student fees.  Upon successful completion, you receive a Certification of Completion for each course.  FinTech, Business Analytics, Investments, and Social Media Marketing are some of our most popular courses to audit.

Not a business major, but thinking of starting your own business, you are still at the Wright place. We offer four minors for non-business majors in Business, Business Analytics, Management, and Marketing to compliment your area of study. Many health care, communications, and history majors, for example, add a business minor to their program.

Are you an alumnus? Do you need to add a minor? Thinking of a new major? Then come back to DSC and the WSOB. Interested in attending business presentations, alumni events, and other networking opportunities? We welcome your participation in preparing our current students for the world of business by hosting internships, participating in mock interviews, or serving as our Employer of the Day to meet current students and introduce them to your company. 

Are you a friend of the Wright School of Business? We welcome the opportunity to partner with you. We have an active internship program and would love to place our business students with your company in Accounting, Finance, and Applied Economics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Management, or Management Information Systems. Do you have part-time or career openings? We would love to announce these openings to our business students.

In Gignilliat Hall, we have modern, large spaces with classrooms, a seminar and meeting space in our Biz Hub area, study and team areas, a marketing focus group lab, student gathering spaces, a finance lab, and an overall modern feel to welcome students and business guests alike. We will also have company interview rooms and open atrium space for studying and networking. This $10 million expansion and renovation, completed in 2019, was funded by C. Lamar and Ann Wright with a matching contribution by the Georgia Board of Regents. We also have a WSOB practicum classroom in the Dalton Innovation Acceleration (DIA) in downtown Dalton where students work with area start-ups and nascent entrepreneurs in this incubator space.

We have an outstanding, dedicated group of faculty and staff who are active in the business and professional community and engaged in a host of in-field research and business service projects. The latest technologies and software, including Sonar and SAP, are integrated throughout our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes business projects, cases, and activities that mirror the world of work to ensure our graduates are incredibly prepared for future business careers with regional employers.

Regardless of your status or need, please visit the many pages of our website to learn about all the programs and initiatives we have to offer at the Wright School of Business.

It is my pleasure to serve as Dean, and I challenge you to become involved in the Wright School of Business. To quote Mr. Lamar Wright (class of 1969), "We are changing lives at Dalton State College." Other popular sayings of Mr. Wright and his favorite business quotes are featured throughout Memorial Hall. Stop by for a visit or tour, you are always welcome.

Thank you,


Marilyn M. Helms
Marilyn M. Helms, DBA, CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCM-F, CQM/OE, CLTD-F

Dean and Sesquicentennial Endowed Chair and Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
706-272-2600 (Work)   423-718-9118(Mobile)
mhelms@daltonstate.edu