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The Stafford School of Business in Lewis HallLewis Hall
The Stafford School of Business is named after Mr. DeNean Stafford, Jr., a very successful businessman and community leader in Tifton. United States Senator Max Cleland once described Stafford as a “good friend and a great American.” No truer words were ever spoken about a man who was indeed a good friend to the state of Georgia, the city of Tifton and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Through various philanthropic efforts such as major fundraisers and the creation of the Stafford Foundation whose primary focus is to support ABAC, the Stafford family has supported ABAC for decades.

Mr. DeNean Stafford passed away in 2001 at the age of 86. He left a legacy of love and support for his family and community and in 2012, ABAC recognized his lifelong contributions and honored his family by naming the business school the Stafford School of Business. Today, the Stafford’s are still very involved with ABAC. They openly share their success stories with ABAC students and offer advice that helps prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow’s highly competitive and complex world.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economic Development builds upon the basic knowledge, skills and values provided by the College Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields.  The program develops students with general business management skills that will enable them to lead companies, start and build their own businesses, manage and lead family businesses, and create job growth in communities.  The curriculum is built with flexibility so that the student can focus their personalized curriculum to fit their future career and business objectives.  Real world experience is critical for a successful education experience, thus internships and hands-on class projects are a key part of the course curriculum.  The program emphasizes the importance of critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, appreciation of cultural diversity and social responsibility. Students may also minor in areas that Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College offers majors such as Diversified Agriculture, Turfgrass and Golf Course Management, Natural Resource Management Forestry and Wildlife, Biology and Rural Studies.




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Carry the Load 2015 Step-Off Rally – Tifton GA (ABAC)


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Penley Painting

A Steve Penley original painting unveiled

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Learning Outside the Classroom

Students from Earl Denham’s Community Development Strategies class visited Hawkinsville last week to meet with community leaders and to give ABAC students the opportunity to begin a community assessment. This assessment is the first step of developing a plan aimed at revitalizing the relationship between the community and the city-owned Lawrence Bennett Harness Racing facility. The class toured the racetrack and grounds, the downtown area, and recreational facilities.

Stafford School of Business Jobs & Internships

At the Stafford School of Business, students are encouraged to gain practical knowledge through internship programs. ABAC seeks to provide students with the resources needed to find an exciting and rewarding internship experience. View the internship page for current listings.

Jobs & Internships

Stafford Hall

Stafford Hall is a one-of-a-kind living community at ABAC Place which offers members unique experiences both on campus and in the community. Apply Here! Contact Dill Driscoll

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Stafford School of Business Outreach

The Stafford School of Business prides itself on its involvement in the improvement of the local community. With various service programs, Stafford School of Business gives back to small businesses by providing a variety of services. View our Outreach page to learn more.


Graduate with 4 yr. Business Degree

The Stafford School of Business offers a unique program of study that leads to the B.S. degree in Business and Economic Development.

The degree concentration builds upon the basic knowledge, skills, and values provided by the College Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields.

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