Founder of FAMU School of Business & Industry
TALLAHASSEE, FL ---
Dr. Sybil Mobley, the founder of Florida A&M University's renowned business school passed away in Tallahassee, FL early Tuesday morning.
Sybil Lenora Collins Mobley was born in Shreveport to Melvin Lee Collins, Sr. (founder of the Shreveport Sun), and Cora Jones Collins.
A graduate of Central Colored High School in Shreveport, she earned her B.A. from Bishop College and, in 1961 became the first African American to earn an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
She then earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1963, becoming the first African-American woman to do so at the institution.
She began her career at FAMU in 1963, developing a Leadership Program with students ranked in the top five percent nationally.
FAMU's School of Business and Industry was created in 1974. When she started her career at FAMU, there was no business school. She established an accredited program, gathered staff and faculty, and shaped a business school that occupies 130,000 square feet. In 2007, the building for the department was named in her honor. Her service to FAMU spanned 40 years.
She received honorary degrees from Hamilton College, Washington University in St. Louis, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and her three alma maters: Bishop College, Wharton School of Finance, and University of Illinois.
Dr. Mobley was also consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, in a number of African countries
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Otis Mobley; and three siblings. She is survived by her children; Janet Mobley Sermon, Ph.D., James Mobley, Jr. and Melvin E. Mobley; her sister Malissa Collins Waters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services were pending at Sun presstime.
A memorial service will be held at Lee Hall Auditorium on the campus of Florida A&M University:
1601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32301
at 4 p.m., on Thursday, October 8th.
Funeral services will be held at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church:
224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32301
12 noon, on October 9th.