Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Gore School of Business main office is limiting in-person traffic to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can now text the main office at 385.419.1333. You can also call 801.832.2600 if you would rather chat with someone by phone. The office can help you with questions and services that don't require an appointment, such as:

  • Unlocking a room
  • Declaring your major or selecting your academic advisor

  • Learning where or when your class meets
  • Learning when and how your professor is holding office hours

If you have more lengthy questions or concerns that require face-to-face interactions, call 801.832.2600 or email goreoffice@westminstercollege.edu to be directed to the right person and/or to make an appointment.

If you need to come to the office, follow all Westminster COVID-19 safety protocols.

Westminster College’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing academic programs that integrate business with liberal arts and provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education.

The School of Business prepares students for life-long learning and changing social, technological, and economic conditions. Graduates will leave Westminster well versed in written and verbal communication, technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness. All programs will give you a solid foundation of business knowledge and an understanding of the complexity of organizations within a global environment.

Mission

We create an innovative, applied, invigorating, and student-centered learning environment that prepares students to be leaders who add value to their workplaces and communities.

Vision

Our graduates will be principled, effective leaders who achieve their goals, make lasting contributions, and thrive in a complex and uncertain world.

Values

  • Excellence and continuous improvement in our teaching, service, and scholarship
  • Integrity and ethical behavior
  • Strong relationships with colleagues and students
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Execution and goal accomplishment
  • Personal learning and growth

Strategic Goals

  • Goal 1: Student learning and success will be our highest priority.
  • Goal 2: We will be outstanding teachers who create challenging, engaging, applied, and relevant learning experiences for students.
  • Goal 3: We will engage in scholarship that enhances our expertise, credibility, and teaching.
  • Goal 4: We will build new partnerships and strengthen relationships with businesses and the community to enhance student learning.

Welcome to the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College! We are 1 of only 6 business schools at a private liberal arts college in the Mountain West region and the only one of its kind in the Utah/Nevada/Idaho sub-region. Studying business at Westminster College is a very special experience. We train you for a rewarding and meaningful career in the world of commerce in an enriching liberal arts educational environment, where you enjoy small classes, hands-on learning, exceptionally effective and caring instructors, and plenty of mentoring and advising. Through Westminster’s pioneering WCore general education program, our outstanding faculty in the Gore school, our cutting-edge business curricula, and our location in Salt Lake City—one of the most vibrant and progressive business communities in the nation—you will get an exceptional business education here. We provide high-quality training in business methods and practices based on our core values of conscious capitalism, corporate social responsibility, and purpose-oriented enterprises. Our newly redesigned curriculum allows students to customize their education to match their own personal needs.

We offer undergraduate majors and minors as well as graduate programs that are all taught by full-time faculty and a team of highly qualified adjunct instructors. A relatively high proportion of our full-time faculty and most of our adjunct instructors have industry experience, so you will find our curricula and pedagogical approaches aligned with industry practices. We also have 3 centers of excellence: the Center for Innovative Cultures, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Financial Wellness. Students have opportunities to get involved with those centers through their classes, research, and community engagement. Graduate students benefit from the convenience of evening courses taught in half-semester blocks, can choose between traditional and competency-based curricula, have exciting opportunities to work on transformative capstone projects, and can do an international context tour.

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an organization that "recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public." The school is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an international professional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for its best practices.

I invite you to check out all our programs, faculty, centers, staff, community partners, and facilities. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have questions or need more information. I hope you will join us at the Gore school!

Örn B. Bodvarsson, PhD
Dean, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Professor of Economics

Örn B. Bodvarsson, PhD



Derrick, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Alumnus

"If I was given the opportunity to relive my college decision moment, I would choose to attend Westminster again. At first, quite honestly, I was skeptical of attending a small liberal arts college in Utah. However, only one semester in, I knew Westminster was the right place for me. The Gore School of Business is a well-connected, hidden gem of a business school—not to mention all the interesting professors and wonderful administrators I connected with."

Derrick, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Alumnus

Derrick graduated summa cum laude with a double major in finance and economics, as well as an Honors certificate. In summer 2014, Derrick interned with Goldman Sachs' Salt Lake City office. This summer, he will be interning with D.A. Davidson & Co.'s IIG Research in Seattle. After this 11-week internship, he will be starting his master's in finance at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Accreditation

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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WCore Liberal Education Program

The unique, liberal arts WCore courses that every Westminster student takes as a part of their studies are extremely valuable to business students. WCore classes focus on synthesis, communication, and research, helping you develop the skills crucial for relating to the people and world around you.

Undergraduate Academic Programs

Westminster undergraduate business programs prepare you to begin your career.

Graduate Academic Programs

Westminster's graduate business programs will expand your professional opportunities in your career.

Dr. Nancy Panos Schmitt

"As a teacher, I am aware of the responsibility I have to students, and I take that responsibility very seriously. My role makes it vital for me to engage students in exploration and learning by involving students both within and outside the classroom.

I strive to engage my students intellectually to allow them to first examine, then question, and ultimately apply the ideas and theories presented. This intellectual curiosity and vitality is important for students while they are at Westminster, as well as after they leave.

The future success of my students has always been a strong driver in my academic career. I make demands of myself to be enthusiastic, prepared, current, curious, creative and intellectually honest. I bring these characteristics to class with me every day. I love teaching marketing."

Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor, Marketing

Professor Nancy Panos Schmitt teaches a variety of marketing courses, including Marketing Principles, Advertising, Selling, and Branding. Nancy’s interests and expertise focuses on marketing strategy, consumer product branding, advertising, and selling strategies.

Her love of teaching and mentoring has been acknowledged over the years. She has been awarded The Gore Excellence in Teaching Award, The Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business Faculty Advisor of the Year, and the Most Influential Professor in the BVGSB.

Nancy is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Marketing Educator’s Association. She has presented papers dealing with teaching methodology at conferences throughout her career. Academically, Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy, a master’s degree in genetics, and spent one year in a doctoral program in genetics before obtaining an MBA from the University of Utah.

Nancy is a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan, having made the pilgrimage to Lambeau to see her beloved Packers. She is a keen observer of pop culture, and her office is a testament to consumer product branding.

Student Resources and Activities

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Center for Financial Wellness

The Center for Financial Wellness works to improve the community’s financial wellbeing through a variety of programs.

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Gore School of Business Tutoring Center

The Business Tutoring Center offers free drop-in tutoring to all undergraduate students taking business courses.

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School of Business Newsletter

Get current student news, learn about new faculty and staff, and get program and center updates from the School of Business Newsletter.

Gore School Ambassador Program

Bring your experience, build the community, become a Gore School Ambassador. The ambassador program gives graduate students and alumni an opportunity to engage with and represent the business school.

Bring Experience

Represent the business school in the community and share your experience. Events are in-person and online, including:

  • Sitting on a panel of current students and alumni; sharing experiences in the MBA and Master of Accountancy programs with prospective students and their employers
  • Providing tips on how to be a successful student with incoming classes during orientation
  • Helping make graduation celebrations memorable

Build Community

Foster relationships with other students while you serve as a peer mentor. You will:

  • Work with diverse populations of students
  • Provide new students with guidance on how to access people, resources, internship and career opportunities, and how to navigate challenging situations while in graduate school as a knowledgeable peer
  • Positive Attitude: Act friendly and approachable
  • Acceptance of Others: Commitment to diversity and working toward creating an inclusive environment
  • Professionalism: Represent the school, maintaining professional composure in engagement with the community
  • Communication Skills: Comfortable when speaking to groups and in one-on-one communication
  • Leadership: Have integrity, self-discipline, and the ability to empower others, as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills

The Gore School Ambassador is a volunteer position.

Current students must have:

  • Earned 20 credit hours
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Good standing with the college
  • Good standing with the community 

Alumni must have:

  • Graduated within the last 3 years
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Good standing with the college
  • Good standing with the community

Ambassador Application and Ambassador Scholarship

Gore School Ambassadors are eligible for a scholarship from the dean’s office. To inquire about becoming an ambassador or the scholarship opportunity, email Deborah Marzano at dmarzano@westmisntercollege.edu.

Community Programs and Professional Services

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Center for Innovative Cultures

The Center for Innovative Cultures helps organizations learn and implement practices known to create an organizational culture that results in greater engagement, satisfaction, creativity, and productivity.

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University Valuation Group

The University Valuation Group is a student-led valuation consultancy that provides businesses with a valuation from students in a variety of majors who put their unique financial skills and expertise to work.

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Westminster Tax Clinic

The Westminster Tax Clinic offers free tax preparation and financial advocacy services to low-to-moderate income families. Students from the Accounting program gain practical experience while serving the community.

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Center for Financial Wellness Camps

Summer camps offered by the Center for Financial Wellness help middle and high school-aged youth better understand financial concepts by teaching skills that will last a lifetime and providing valuable resources. Each camp introduces new financial concepts.