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Business Focus - Spring/Summer 2011

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Spring/Summer 2011 Vol. I, Issue 1 Opening a world of opportunity for today's business student W WEST DONATION PROPELS NEW STRATEGIC VISION est Liberty alumnus Gary E. West has a vision. It' with eager business students, ready to make their marks on the world…a time when Gary West was one of those students. Now, West hopes to spur enrollment growth at the university's business school with a donation of $1.5 million, aimed at improving faculty resources, technology, recruiting, and infrastructure. "Exciting things are happening on the West Liberty campus," said West. "We have an opportunity to make a mark on the future of business in the region. The College of Business is prepared to do what it takes to attract the best prospects and develop them into tomorrow's business leaders. That' supporting the college. I want to see it happen as quickly as possible. " Dr. Loren Wenzel, Dean of the newly christened Gary E. West College of Business, honored West at the College' Banquet with its Exemplary Alumni Award. generous support is already being invested in strategic initiatives," said Wenzel. "Faculty development is number one on our list, and we've already added new positions at the Ph.D. level s 2011 Honors "Gary West's s why I'm when Main Hall was bursting at the seams s a vision from his past, a time and changed workflow to allow our current faculty the opportunity to grow and develop in their specialties." Wenzel has developed a multi-year strategic plan which includes program and course modernization, expanded recruiting efforts, an emphasis on student professionalism, and the addition of a second tier of business school accreditation. The plan builds on the college' and embraces West Liberty's status as a university. "We are proud to have been accredited by the IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) for many years, but as a university business school, we have even higher standards to pursue, s history of strong student-faculty involvement Wenzel. "Our application is already in process to add accreditation with ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs), which we intend to achieve in 2012." " said The university predicts a bright future for the Gary E. West College of Business. "Other alumni and friends are already following Gary West' and supporting the growth of the college, s lead Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "We're developing quality business leadership for tomorrow's challenges...and the excitement is contagious." " said Jason Koegler,

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