Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 21, 2002

Congressman to Visit Whitworth International Business Class

Whitworth graduate students exploring the connections between business, government and society in an increasingly global economy will hear from a key player Tuesday evening when U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Spokane) visits their class.

Nethercutt, who represents Washington's fifth district, will offer his views on the appropriate relationship between government and business to foster economic growth, connections between the local economy and foreign trade policy and the importance of business ethics in a climate dominated by Enron and WorldCom scandals.

The class, which meets 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Music Building recital hall at Whitworth, is a capstone course in the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and Management's Master of International Management program. Having taken courses in management, finance and accounting, marketing, political risk analysis, organizational behavior, international trade and finance, ethics, and intensive foreign language and culture, students in the capstone course integrate what they've learned with a strategic focus on an international business issue or challenge.

"This is a unique opportunity for our students to discuss the complexities of global business with someone who wields tremendous influence over regional, national and international trade," says Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, who is co-teaching the course with Tom Pitzer. "By virtue of the congressional committees on which he serves and the critical trade-related issues central to the economy of his district, Representative Nethercutt has become a true advocate for understanding business and economics on a global scale."

Nethercutt was elected to Congress in 1994, unseating then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley. Nethercutt holds a coveted seat on the House Committee on Appropriations, chairing the defense subcommittee and sitting on the agriculture and interior subcommittees. He is a staunch supporter of free trade for U.S. agriculture products and successfully led the effort to open new markets to U.S. food and medicine, including Cuba. In 2000, he was recognized as "Wheat Leader of the Year" by the National Association of Wheat Growers and with the Golden Plow Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Born in Spokane on October 7, 1944, Nethercutt graduated from North Central High School and earned a B.A. in English from Washington State University in 1967 before graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1971. After law school Nethercutt served as law clerk to Federal Judge Raymond E. Plummer, U.S. District Court, Anchorage, Alaska, before moving to Washington, D.C. as staff counsel, and eventually chief of staff, to U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). He returned to Washington state to enter into private law practice, focusing on estate planning, probate and adoption law, before running for Congress. Nethercutt is married to the former Mary Beth Socha of Summerville, South Carolina. They have two children, Meredith and Elliott.

The School of Global Commerce and Management was formed in 2001 to emphasize the longstanding international focus of Whitworth's undergraduate and graduate business programs. This focus is reflected in the college's multicultural literacy requirement for all graduates, in recent curricular revisions and new courses and in the recruitment of faculty with expertise in global commerce and management. The college also has more than a dozen sister-school relationships with overseas institutions that bring about 150 international students to campus each year.

The School of Global Commerce and Management consolidates and brings new synergy to three Whitworth programs: The Master of International Management program, the undergraduate Department of Business and Economics and the Organizational Management evening program. Usrey, an attorney with extensive experience in international business management and law in both higher education and industry, is the school's first dean. Usrey has focused the school's efforts on helping students develop what he calls "the four C's:" cross-cultural skills, character, a collaborative mindset and the ability to manage change.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Kyle Usrey, dean, School of Global Commerce and Management, (509) 777-3742.

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

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