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Sydney Lewis School of Business


Brenda Ponsford, Ph.D., J.D.
Dean, Sydney Lewis School of Business

Welcome to the Virginia Union University Sydney Lewis School of Business (SLSB). The SLSB is one of the premier Business Schools in the area. We have graduated many successful individuals who have become business owners, certified public accountants, financiers, and presidents of major corporations. We pride ourselves in preparing our students for the world of business by offering a world-class curriculum with faculty who has the academic and practical business experience. We have been accredited by the Association Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for several decades and provide a number of relevant majors in the context of a liberal arts college.
Our strong foundation in the liberal arts enables students, as they live out their lives, to critically think and be successful as the world changes. Management Guru, Peter Drucker, stated:

“Management is what tradition used to call a liberal art ‘liberal’ because it deals with the fundamentals of knowledge, self-knowledge, wisdom, and leadership; ‘art’ because it deals with practice and application. Managers draw upon all of the knowledge and insights of the humanities and social sciences on psychology and philosophy, on economics and history, on the physical sciences and ethics. But they have to focus this knowledge on effectiveness and results.”

In the SLSB, all of the majors start with a course in professional and ethical development as the beginning of our strong shared core of business courses. Students can major in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing. We collaborate with the Computer Information Sciences area to provide business classes for their Cybersecurity majors as well as supporting the Secondary Education Program in Business.
We have developed our programs in consultation with leading business professionals and educators. We utilize a strong Business Advisory Board to advise us on the latest trends in business and the needs of employers. Our SLSB programs are also aligned with the mission and vision for the SLSB. We offer internships to our students with premier companies such as Dominion Resources, The Virginia Retirement System, The Richmond Ambulatory Authority, The City of Richmond, The Richmond Library, David Bailey & Associates, The Virginia Department of Forensic Science, and a number of other partner organizations in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. All of our incoming students are required to complete an internship when they reach junior level status so that they can apply theory to practice and prepare for careers in a wide range of industries and professions.

We are committed to enabling our students to have successful careers and lives. Our doors are open for the Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow because VUU has the Promise of a Limitless Future.

Brenda J. Ponsford, M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D.
Dean, Sydney Lewis School of Business