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Art Gilbert teaching at Manchester in the 1970s

Manchester names College of Business for Art Gilbert


Art GilbertNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University is naming its College of Business to honor Art Gilbert, professor emeritus of accounting.

“The Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business will pay tribute to his excellent teaching and the immeasurable impact he had on the University and the students who walked through his classroom door,” said President Dave McFadden in announcing the name.

On the faculty at Manchester from 1958 until his retirement in 1998, the North Manchester resident is himself is a 1953 graduate of the northern Indiana school.

Now housed on the first floor of the Academic Center, the College of Business will move to the second floor of the Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center when that building is completed in the fall of 2019. A groundbreaking ceremony will be conducted this May. 

“Art led the growth of accounting at MU and, with his colleagues, made it one of the most respected accounting programs in the Midwest. That reputation was a point of pride for all of us, whether or not we majored in accounting,” McFadden said.

Gilbert launched the accounting major at Manchester in 1971.

“Many of Art’s accounting students went on to become entrepreneurs or leaders in business and industry,” McFadden said. “Our graduates long have been in demand by public accounting firms not only because of their skills but because of their work ethic and integrity.”

MU’s accounting graduates today are highly sought after and some students are accepting job offers as much as 18 months before they graduate.

The $8.5 million Chinworth Center is named for Lockie and Augustus Chinworth, parents of 1942 Manchester graduate Herb Chinworth who gave the University more than $5 million for the project. The building will be connected to and immediately north of the Jo Young Switzer Center, in an area that is currently green space.

Those who wish to donate in Gilbert’s honor may do so at http://link.manchester.edu/makeagift.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

March 2018