The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

Jin Wang, Dean

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs based on the integration of business and liberal arts education. This integration in both curriculum and delivery systems is requisite to prepare our students for life-long learning and to aid their adaptation to changing social, technological and economic conditions. This integration enhances the capabilities of our graduates in written and oral communication, computing and technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness.

Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the programs of the Gore School of Business reflect Westminster College’s continuing commitment to provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education of exceptional quality. The integration of business and liberal arts education contributes to students’ effectiveness as citizens and agents of change. Whether students are preparing for entry-level or mid-career qualifications, the programs of the Gore School of Business offer a solid foundation of business knowledge and understanding of the complexity of organizations as they function in a global environment. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Westminster Flight Operations program prepares you for a career as a professional pilot in the airline and corporate aviation industries. As with many professions, there are minimum qualifications that make you more attractive to potential employers. At Westminster, you will gain the flight skills, knowledge, and judgement that take you well beyond the minimum requirements set by the FAA.

The Aviation Management program at Westminster offers a balanced curriculum that combines a broad general education with a strong foundation of business and specialized courses and experiences in aviation management. The specialized aviation courses allow you to focus on your area of interest and the internship experience will allow you to get started on your desired career path. The Westminster Aviation Management program is designed to provide you flexibility in determining your specific career path, because there are so many opportunities in the aviation business field.

The Westminster College Flight Operations and Aviation Management programs are accredited by the AABI.

The school also develops and presents non-credit classes, seminars, institutes, and workshops to meet the training and professional development needs of local businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and community groups through the Division of New Learning.

Undergraduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business*

Accounting (B.A. & B.S.) Finance (B.A. & B.S.)
Aviation Studies Financial Services (B.A. & B.S.)
Flight Operations (B.S.) International Business (B.A.)
Aviation Management (B.A. & B.S.) Management (B.A. & B.S.)
Business Marketing (B.A. & B.S.)
Business Minor Bachelor of Business
Economics Administration (BBA)
Economics Option (B.A.)  
Business Option (B.S.)  
Pre-Law Option (B.A.)  

*See also the interdisciplinary programs Computer Information Systems and Arts Administration in the Arts and Sciences section.

All programs within the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are accredited by ACBSP with the exception of the B.A. Economics program; and the Flight Operations major of the Aviation Studies program, which is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).


Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

(See Graduate Academic Catalog for detailed information on graduate programs.)


Master of Accountancy

The Master of Accountancy is designed to meet the needs of students interested in a professional career in accounting. This program is unique in the sense that it recognizes the highly integrated relationship between the disciplines of accounting and information systems which has evolved in the recent past. Students completing this program will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam and positioned to accept high-level leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration is a professional program that prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. It will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of business.

Master of Business Administration in Technology Management

The Master of Business Administration in Technology Management is a professional program that prepares students for executive leadership roles in technology-driven business environments. Specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals with technical backgrounds, it will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building their professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of commercializing innovative products and managing the businesses that develop them.

Accelerated Master of Business Administration for Westminster Undergraduate Students

Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College in Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, B.S. in Economics, Information Resource Management, or International Business may have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five years ago or longer may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.

Project-Based Master of Business Administration

The Project-Based Master of Business Administration (PMBA) Program at Westminster College is a project-based degree completion program. Students complete a series of practical business projects to demonstrate mastery of a specific set of business skills and competencies. Students apply skills achieved through professional experiences and additional self-paced learning in project sequences. As students complete projects, their work is evaluated by faculty coaches using detailed learning measurement rubrics. Upon satisfactory completion of the full set of projects, students have demonstrated mastery of the full set of learning goals and competencies and are awarded a PMBA degree.

Graduate Business Certificates

Certificates allow students to update their graduate degrees or pursue a specific field of study with a focused curriculum. The certificates offered are:

Accounting Finance International Business
Business Economics Financial Planning Marketing
Entrepreneurship

Faculty

Shannon Bellamy, Associate Professor (Management)
Gaylen Bunker, Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance)
Richard Chapman, Professor (Economics)
Richard Collins, Professor (Economics and Finance)
Gerald R. Fairbairn, Professor (Aviation)
Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor, (Accounting)
Robert J. Haworth, Instructor (Management)
Richard Henage, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Dara A. Hoffa, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Stephen S. Hurlbut, Assistant Professor (Management)
Brian Jorgensen, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Michael A. Keene, Assistant Professor (Technology Management)
Melissa M. Koerner, Associate Professor (Management)
Aric W. Krause, Dean, Division of New Learning; Associate Professor (Economics)
Lauren Lo Re, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Michael Mamo, Assistant Professor (Economics)
Ronald M. Mano, Professor (Accounting)
Kenneth Meland, Professor (Management)
Alysse Morton, Professor (Management)
Linda Muir, Associate Director of the Institute for New Enterprise; Instructor
William Ogilvie, Instructor (Aviation)
Richard Parsons, Instructor (Accounting, Finance)
Robert Patterson, Associate Professor (Finance)
Alan Rogers, Professor (Accounting)
Donald R. Saxon, Assistant Professor (Accounting and Financial Services)
Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor (Marketing)
James E. Seidelman, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor (Economics)
Michael JD Sutton, Associate Professor (Management)
Christopher S.P. Tong, Professor (Economics) 
Jerry Van Os, Professor (Accounting)
Jin Wang, Dean, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; Professor (Economics)
John P. Watkins, Professor (Economics)
Vicki R. Whiting, Professor (Management)
Maria Wrotniak, Professor (Economics)