Earl N. Phillips School of Business

School of Business

Welcome to the Earl N. Phillips School of Business

The Earl N. Phillips School of Business (PSB) is a vibrant business school with over 1,300 students.

Our mission is simple, “to prepare our students to become tomorrow’s business professionals.”  It keeps us focused on our core goal and competency – adding value to our students.  We do this in a variety of ways, both inside and beyond the classroom.  We use every opportunity to inspire our students to embark on a program of self-improvement and analysis using:  1) discovery, 2) differentiation, and 3) direction.  This means discovering the many career avenues of opportunity available to them, differentiating themselves with unique skills and talents, and choosing the directions in which they would like to go.

We have a firm belief in early career exploration.  Career-related activities are integrated at all levels, from freshmen to senior classes.  Sophomore level initiatives focus on self-awareness, including an emphasis on the strengths of the student.  A growth mindset is foundational to discovering career pathway options.  We encourage students to determine and develop the specific hard skills necessary to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.  Concurrently, the advancement of their soft skills, including professionalism, is equally critical.  In conversations I have with members of the business community about what they look for in new hires, the focus tends to be on soft skills.

College is not just about developing skills for employment.  It should be both intellectually rewarding and socially enjoyable.  College should be a transformational experience involving developing intellectually, growing and maturing personally, challenging norms, and developing perspectives.

We believe students should learn just as much outside as inside the classroom.  Many soft skills will be developed through memberships in student organizations.  Involvement in student organizations is not only valuable and gratifying, but also a great way to develop lifelong friendships and potential future business colleagues or partners.  The Earl N. Phillips School of Business offers and encourages students to find clubs that suit their interests.  These include the Entrepreneurs Club, the Professional Selling Club, the American Marketing Association Club, the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, the Floyd T. Craven Investment Club, the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, the HPU Economics Association, the National Retail Federation Club, the Social Media Marketing Club, the Real Estate Club, and the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society.

We encourage students to participate in as many internships as possible.  We are fortunate to be located in the furniture capital of the world, the City of High Point.  Our region, the Piedmont Triad, has a population of over one million people.  Numerous global companies have a large presence here including Ashley Furniture, Bank of America, Daimler Buses of North America, DT, EY, FedEx, HanesBrands, Honda Aircraft Company, KPMG, Lincoln Financial Group, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation,  PwC, Qorvo, Truist, and Volvo.  In addition to internships, the student experience is enhanced through our business relationships with activities such as mentoring sessions, speaker events, field trips, sales role-plays, experiential learning assignments, business community projects, and a variety of career-related events.

Our mission, focus, and satisfaction are directly tied to the success of our students and alumni. To learn more about the Earl N. Phillips School of Business, please explore our website and visit our Facebook page.

Warm regards,

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Dr. Jim Wehrley, Dean of the Phillips School of Business


To be a dynamic center for learning and professional engagement across the global business environment.


To prepare our students to become tomorrow’s business professionals.

Values Statement

As a community of students, faculty, and staff engaged in continuous learning, our core values include:

  •  A focus on student education and success through the provision of an engaging academic environment
  • An ongoing pursuit of knowledge and scholarship and the encouragement of intellectual curiosity
  • Respect for diversity and other cultures
  • Ethical behavior and conduct



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