Maxwell Rollins

Tenured Professor of Business, Director of Graduate Programs
Jones Hall
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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Maxwell Rollins serves as Director of the Graduate Programs and tenured professor in the Nielsen College of Business at Charleston Southern University. Rollins holds a Bachelor of Science, with a major in mathematics and a concentration in economics, from The College of Charleston, a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in mathematics from The Citadel, a Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, and a Doctor of Business Administration in leadership from Liberty University.

He joined the CSU faculty as a visiting professor in 1993 in the College of Business. In 1994, he moved to the Mathematics Department and served for 13 years as an Instructor and Assistant Professor teaching statistics, algebra, business calculus, history of mathematics, and mathematical structures. He transitioned back to the Nielsen College of Business in 2007 to teach undergraduate finance, business and economics statistics, management, microeconomics and macroeconomics, business communications, introduction to business, small business management, business plan development, and leadership. Since earning his DBA in 2017, he now also teaches graduate leadership and ethics courses. 

He has received the CSU Excellence in Teaching and Professor of the Year awards. He has also been honored twice with the Faculty Member of the Year award from the College of Business. In 1999, he was awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award. He is the faculty sponsor for two honor societies, Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta. Due to his academic background in leadership, he assists with the Leadership Institute and the President’s Cabinet Leadership. Rollins was also an entrepreneur and small business owner for 40 years operating a mobile disc jockey service that provided entertainment primarily for weddings and receptions. He sold his company in 2022 to one of his DJs who still serves the Greater Charleston area. Rollins wrote for the DJ industry magazine Mobile Beat for 27 years and sold a book to other disc jockeys on what to play at events for 25 years. He was also a radio disc jockey, beginning in high school in Blakely, Georgia, and on several radio stations in the Charleston area prior to beginning his teaching career. His passion for entrepreneurship and helping others by mentoring them led him to conduct his doctoral research on the views and attitudes of women entrepreneurs in establishing a mentoring relationship.

Rollins served six years in the United States Navy as a nuclear trained machinist mate. His last command was aboard the submarine, John C. Calhoun SSBN630, stationed in Charleston. His primary areas of research are in leadership, entrepreneurship, and pedagogy. Rollins and his wife, Donna (a CSU graduate), have two grown children, Rebecca (also a CSU graduate) and Robert, and a granddaughter born in 2022. Rollins and his wife reside in Summerville and are active members of Summerville Baptist Church, an SBC congregation, where he serves as an adult Sunday School teacher. 

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

I am committed to student success- from the time I receive their application until I call their name as they walk across the stage during graduation.

Maxwell Rollins, DBA

Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor of the Year
Faculty Member of the Year (2)