Westminster Announces New Endowed Chair in Business Innovation

Jan 8, 2014

Jan. 8, 2014 Michael Pacanowsky brings renowned "Gore culture" to Westminster SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College is pleased to announce Michael Pacanowsky, Ph.D., as the newly created Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Innovation. John and Ginger Giovale provided $2 million to endow the position within the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, which celebrated 25 years at Westminster in September. Michael Pacanowsky brings 20 years of higher education experience and 17 years of practicing the Gore culture-an organizational innovation at W.L. Gore & Associates renowned for its interconnected, nonhierarchical structure. Prior to joining Westminster, Pacanowsky was an Associate at W.L. Gore & Associates, responsible for significant strategic change initiatives. Pacanowsky helped leaders and emerging leaders understand the Gore culture more thoroughly and learn how to weave the practice of the culture into daily work life. "Working at W.L. Gore & Associates was a transformative experience for me," said Pacanowsky. "This organizational environment has huge potential for employees, their families and their communities. I'm excited to offer some insights and further infuse the Gore culture in the Gore School of Business at Westminster." The Gore School of Business prides itself in fostering an interactive, collaborative environment where students gain real-world experience through internships and working with industry professionals from private, public and non-profit organizations. The school is home to the Center for Financial Analysis, the Executive Leadership Lecture Series and the Sam and Aline Skaggs Flight Operation Center. "This newly endowed chair will provide leadership for the development of a highly unique curriculum focused on innovative business practices, such as those in use at W. L. Gore and Associates," said Dr. Jin Wang, dean of Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Pacanowsky received a B.A. in English from Harvard, M.S. in Communication from Michigan State and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He has been an associate professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder and at the University of Utah.  

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