Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2001

Whitworth Announces Dean of New School of Global Commerce and Management

Whitworth has appointed a lawyer with extensive experience in international business management and law in both higher education and industry as the first dean of its new School of Global Commerce and Management. Kyle Usrey, who has taught or consulted with businesses and governments on four continents, will assume the dean's position on July 1.

"This is an important moment in the life of Whitworth business programs as we launch the School of Global Commerce and Management," says Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "I think Kyle Usrey is the right person at the right time. He brings experience from law, from business, from U.S. higher education and from universities in China and Australia. He understands Whitworth's mission and vision for the new school and he's anxious to make contributions of his own."

In a reorganization effective July 1, Whitworth is consolidating several popular undergraduate and graduate business programs under the School of Global Commerce and Management. The school includes 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.

As the school's first dean, Usrey's academic and business background reflects Whitworth's growing international emphasis as well as the college's historic mission to produce graduates who serve the larger world. Usrey says he looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to Whitworth at a time when the college and the business community have never been more focused on globalization.

"International business is one of the fastest growing sectors in business today, and students in the 21st century must be adequately prepared to deal with the complex transactions, mix of cultures, and challenges of the globalized world in which we live," he says. "I believe Whitworth is uniquely positioning itself to be a significant leader in higher education in the next century. The School of Global Commerce and Management is committed to preparing business leaders who will be not only technically competent, but ethically and spiritually primed to make a difference throughout the globe and in Spokane."

Usrey currently serves as director of global education and strategic alliances and assistant professor of international business at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Tex. He also has had faculty appointments teaching international business and law at the University of South Australia and at Yanshan University in China. Prior to entering academia, Usrey served as project manager for alliance formation and strategic development at Shepard's McGraw-Hill in Colorado Springs, attorney for an international law firm in Denver and financial management executive for GTE in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other locations.

The Chinese government designated Usrey a foreign expert in 1997 and 1999, and the American Bar Association recommended him to advise the Bulgarian government on commercial law issues. In addition, Usrey has written a number of business and legal articles published in America and Great Britain as well as a textbook on international business used on three continents.

Usrey attended the University of Colorado where he received a law degree in 1985 and a master of business administration in marketing in 1979. He received his bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Hardin-Simmons University in 1978.

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.


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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