University Reorganizes, Creates the College of Business

President David McFadden recently announced the restructuring of the University’s organization.  Effective July 1, all business curricula, including accounting, business management, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, sales, and sport management, and all related co-curricular programming now reside in the College of Business.

The creation of a College of Business reflects the exceptional accomplishments of the alumni who set high standards for subsequent generations to follow, and this decision brings with it an expectation of ongoing excellence — a standard of high quality that the program has consistently delivered and which is now a focal point of the structure of Manchester University. In addition, the status of the College of Business within the business community will be reinforced and will bring positive effects for students in the form of connections with businesses with whom the College seeks to establish shadowing programs, mentoring opportunities, internships, and job opportunities.

Along with these short-term benefits, the new College of Business is well positioned for future program recruitment and enhancement. In that context, it is a great pleasure to share with you that within the next two to three years, the University plans to construct a new building, the Chinworth Center, on the north side of the Jo Young Switzer Center, and the College of Business will occupy the third floor of that new structure.  Work with the architects has already begun, and the expectation is that the student experience will be dramatically enriched by, for example, a tiered classroom designed for teaching with cases and a simulation room set up to accommodate a variety of role play activities, interactive simulations, and other creative teaching and learning techniques. In addition, the business faculty intend to build into the floor plan a wide variety of student-focused spaces that will allow for group work, quiet study time, club meetings, and similar activities.

And That’s Not All ... New Faces, New Responsibilities

This fall the University hired two much-needed new faculty members, which will bolster the College of Business’s teaching and mentoring capabilities, allowing it to better serve the more than 345 majors and minors in its programs.

Sun KangSun Kang grew up in Los Angeles and earned his undergraduate degree in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis, his M.B.A. and M.S. in Sport Management from Barry University, and most recently, his Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville. His research focuses on sport consumption behavior using technologies; he is currently exploring the motives behind sport fans’ smartphone and social media usage.  In addition to his academic background, Sun has experience in human resources, public relations, and project management.  He and his wife live in Huntington, and he will be teaching sport management and marketing courses.

Mindy MartynowiczThe College of Business is also fortunate to have Mindy Martynowicz join the team as an administrative assistant. Mindy brings deep experience in this type of role from her work in both the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Academic Affairs at Manchester, and she has also served as Executive Director of the Fulton County Council on Aging where she managed a $500,000 budget and a staff of twenty employees. The combination of her work ethic and her conscientious attention to detail will be a great boon to the College and will free the faculty to focus even more on the students.

Joe MesserFinally, the University named Professor Joe Messer the Mark E. Johnston Chair for Entrepreneurship, bringing recognition to the business program and the chance to expand the offerings available to students in the College of Business. The College will now offer a minor in entrepreneurship, and students will discover that they have increasing opportunities to work on real-world problems with business people in the surrounding communities. For example, this fall Joe’s Sales and Entrepreneurship class will be working with the CEO of Wabash County Economic Development, assisting him in developing a multi-million dollar grant proposal; the students in the class will be a subset of one of his teams which will include the Mayor of Wabash, the CEO of Parkview Health, the President of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce, and the CEO of INGUARD Insurance Company. This is just one example of the growing number of experiential learning projects undertaken in the College of Business.

These are exciting times at Manchester, and the faculty and students are grateful to all of the alumni and friends of the College of Business who continue to provide so many forms of support. Thank you.

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