The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

Preston Chairo, Dean
Melissa Koerner, Associate Dean

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs within a learner-centered environment. We are purposeful in designing and facilitating learning activities that are integrated across business and liberal arts disciplines. 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. Most importantly, our students are prepared for a life of learning within changing social, technological and economic conditions.

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. Our integrated programs contribute to students’ effectiveness as citizens and agents of change, making our alumni a very significant network of influence worldwide.

Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

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 the last five years at Westminster College (Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, 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                               Financial Planning
Business Economics                 International Business
Entrepreneurship                      Marketing
Finance                                   

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 T. Henage, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Dara A. Hoffa, Associate Professor (Accounting)
Stephen S. Hurlbut, Assistant Professor (Management)
Clifford Hurst, Assistant Professor (Management)
Brian Jorgensen, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Michael A. Keene, Assistant Professor (Technology Management)
Melissa M. Koerner, Associate Professor (Management)
Lauren Lo Re, Assistant Professor (Finance)
Michael Mamo, Assistant Professor (Economics)
Ronald M. Mano, Professor (Accounting)
Kenneth Meland, Professor (Management)/(DNL)
Alysse Morton, Professor (Management)
William Ogilvie, Instructor (Aviation)
Robert Patterson, Associate Professor (Finance)
Alan Rogers, Professor (Accounting)
Donald R. Saxon, Assistant Professor (Accounting and Financial Services)
Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor (Marketing)
Michael JD Sutton, Associate Professor (Management)
Jerry Van Os, Professor, Associate Dean (Accounting)
John P. Watkins, Professor (Economics)
Vicki R. Whiting, Associate Professor (Management)
Maria Wrotniak, Professor (Economics)