Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2001

Whitworth Announces New School of Global Commerce and Management

Whitworth College will consolidate several popular business and management programs with growing international emphases into a new School of Global Commerce and Management, effective July 1, 2001.

College officials announced the decision this week in conjunction with the initiation of a national search for a dean who will oversee the new school, including the undergraduate programs in accounting, business management, economics and international business; the organizational management program geared for working adults; and the master of international management graduate program. The administrative structure of the new school is similar to Whitworth's School of Education, which was established in 1991.

"Given the size and complexity of the various programs involved, it made sense to bring them under the focus and leadership of a dean," said Tammy Reid, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "The new structure will enable the dean to deploy faculty, resources and curricular strengths to maximize the quality of all of our business and management programs. This signals to our students, to the business community and to our other constituents that we're serious about building a first-class business program and about preparing our graduates to meet the challenges of an increasingly global marketplace."

The name of the new school was selected to emphasize the growing international focus of Whitworth's undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management. This is reflected in curricular revisions, in new courses and in the recruitment of faculty with expertise in global commerce and management, Reid says. The college also has more than a dozen sister-school relationships with overseas institutions that bring about 140 international students to campus each year. In addition, says Richard Schatz, professor of economics and chair of the Business and Economics Department, Whitworth's mission speaks of a commitment to service that has long been understood by the college to apply to people around the world.

The name change and restructuring is being accompanied by expanded initiatives for internship, mentoring and service-learning programs designed to strengthen connections between Whitworth students and the business and nonprofit community. This spring, for example, students in Whitworth's Economic Development course will work with the international aid organization World Relief to plan and implement a fund-raising campaign to address starvation in the Third World.

"In the 21st century, the vast majority of businesses and organizations will need to think globally, both in terms of how they market and deliver their products and in how they procure supplies, capital and even employees. That includes businesses headquartered in Spokane as well as businesses headquartered elsewhere around the world," Schatz says. "Whitworth's long history of international programs, coupled with the strengthened focus under the new School of Global Commerce and Management, puts us in a unique position for preparing students to meet those demands."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,000 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Richard E. Schatz, professor of economics and chair of the department of economics and business, (509) 777-4454 or rschatz@whitworth.edu.

Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, (509) 777-3702 or treid@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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