September 27, 2023
President's Office

University receives area Business of the Year award

Dear Students and Alumni,

I am proud to announce that CSU was selected as the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s Business of the Year for 2013 on Feb. 21.

BusinessOfTheYearCSU was recognized for its growth, service and commitment to the community. “This company is involved in an arena that is at the very heart of our Chamber’s priorities: education. They are not only involved in education, but they are also a leader in education,” said Chamber Chairwoman Susan Sizemore.

CSU Vice President Chantell Cooley received the award on CSU’s behalf and gave a wonderful speech. I believe this award is confirmation that we are making a difference in our local community and we are honored to receive it.

In other community news, I have enjoyed the privilege of working with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at both Gulf Shores and Foley High Schools (in two neighboring cities). The YEA! students visited area businesses and meet successful entrepreneurs and professionals to develop a business or social movement idea and plan. For the Gulf Shores program, CSU hosted its roundtable discussion which featured a panel of business leaders from the area answering questions posed by the students and presented by a moderator.

It was very rewarding to be able to share experiences and listen to other seasoned leaders discuss their successes, failures, and insights. If you would like to view a video of the session, please click here.

In other news, a large number of CSU’s leadership, and many of our full-time faculty, spent two days meeting on how we can improve the learning experience at CSU and further increase program completion. It was a very engaging two days that included conversations about faculty and student engagement, student and advisor engagement, online communities and much more.

From March 10 through 12, CSU assisted at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation TAMPA2, the 10th anniversary of the firefighter life safety initiatives, in Tampa by providing team facilitators. We are very proud to work with all those involved with the “Everyone Goes Home” program.

In closing, I want to remind you that many significant improvements and new features have been added to the myCSU Student Portal during the last six months including a live degree audit, intuitive enrollment system, advising information, and more. Make sure to login and look around.

Thank you for making CSU your university.


Robert Mayes


One Comment

  1. Rakia

    That is great. Dr. Mayes, several students like myself are dying to know will CSU pursue regional accreditation. That is considered to gold standard of education. It might or might not be equal to national accreditation. However, it is about what employers, states, and other countries think at the end of the day. I believe that it would tremendously benefit alumni, recent graduates, and current students. That is where we would like to see our tuition dollars go. Can you all register CSU as non-profit since for-profit schools are not respected and have been getting mad media in the news in every state in the 2000s. I understand CSU is family owned, and DETC is the best policy for the school. I believe CSU could hold dual accreditation like American Public University System used to have and like other dual accredited schools.