Westminster's Gore School of Business Celebrates 25 Years of Shaping Students, Leaders

Sep 6, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013 Bill and Vieve Gore's legacy lives on with 6800+ graduates produced over the past quarter century SALT LAKE CITY -The sudden death of alumnus Wilbert Lee "Bill" Gore, entrepreneur and co-founder of W.L. Gore & Associates, during a backpacking trip in 1986 was an event that would shape the college's future indefinitely. Through a trust created by his surviving widow, Vieve, and his daughter, Ginger Giovale, a generous gift was made to establish a business school at Westminster. [caption id="attachment_4609" align="alignright" width="150"]1988 Faculty of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business 1988 Faculty of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business[/caption] In 1988, the college created the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business to attract quality students from across the state and nation. Fast forward 25 years, and the legacy of Bill and Vieve Gore lives on with more than 6,800 alumni who have graduated from an institution that has been a beacon of success and entrepreneurship for the "Beehive State." [caption id="attachment_4607" align="alignleft" width="150"]Bill & Vieve Gore Bill & Vieve Gore[/caption] "My parents met and fell in love on Westminster's campus, so it was deeply personal when we established the school of business in their names," explains Ginger Giovale, daughter of Bill and Vieve Gore. "I am very proud of what the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business has accomplished over these past 25 years. The school's success is an important part of the legacy honoring the work and accomplishments of my parents." 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 Arlene Skaggs Flight Operation Center. "Many of our graduates have become CEOs and other executive business leaders in major companies and industries contributing significantly to the regional, national and international economies," said Dr. Jin Wang, dean of Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. "Our students have been recognized for their leadership in innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and service to the community." [caption id="attachment_4611" align="alignright" width="300"]2013 Faculty of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business 2013 Faculty of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business[/caption] The school offers graduate programs, including MBA, MBA-Technology Management, Competency-Based MBA and Master of Accountancy, as well as undergraduate programs in international business, management, marketing, aviation flight operations, aviation management, accounting, finance and economics. Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business 25-Year Statistics: Undergraduate degrees awarded: 4,019 Graduate degrees awarded: 2,849 Total degrees awarded: 6,868 Notable graduate degrees conferred: Master of Business Administration (MBA): 2,710 MBA-Technology Management (MBA-TM): 139 Master of Accountancy: 58 In celebration of its "Silver" Anniversary, Westminster will host several events on Sept. 19, 2013, both inside and outside of the Gore School of Business throughout the day. The college will also host a lecture by Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, who will discuss the company's innovative business culture, which is instilled in Westminster's own Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. WHAT: Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business 25th Anniversary WHO: Media Members are invited WHEN: Sept. 19, 2013 WHERE: Inside and outside of Westminster's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business EVENTS: Noon-12:30 p.m.: Unveiling of new Gore School of Business (GSB) signage 2-4 p.m.: Presentations by recent alumni/current student entrepreneurs on their businesses/business products. Location: GSB Atrium 7 p.m.: Keynote address by Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore and Associates, Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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