Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Welcome From the Dean
Thank you for considering the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College. I am proud to work with so many dedicated and experienced professionals who are focused on one primary goal: learning and success in the world of business. We aim to achieve this by focusing on excellence in teaching and academic scholarship, but also by providing our students with real-world expertise and experience that ensures our programs are current and relevant to your needs. Our professors are deeply committed to their students, and they all spend time providing individualized advising and personal attention. We foster corporate partnerships throughout the mountain west so that our students can hit the ground running with real-world, practical projects and assignments they can immediately put to work. Our Centers for Financial Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Innovative Cultures, as well as our newly redesigned undergraduate and graduate curricula that allow students to customize their education to match their own personal needs, provide a rich learning environment for students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Our college-wide learning goals ensure that every graduate has the skills necessary to be not just good students and employees, but well-rounded citizens and members of society.
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 was reaffirmed for accreditation in 2014 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.
From Our Program
“If I am 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, one semester in, I realized Westminster is the right place for me. Here are a few things I absolutely love about the college:
Derrick Fan, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Alumnus
Biography: Derrick graduated summa cum laude with a double major in finance and economics as well as the Honors program 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. He will be starting a Masters in Finance at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain after the 11-week internship.
“As a teacher, I am aware of the responsibility I have to students. I take that responsibility very seriously. My role as a teacher makes it vital for me to engage students for exploration and learning. This role entails 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 convergence of theory and application builds the foundation for marketing knowledge. 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 in the BVGSB.”
Nancy Panos Schmitt, Associate Professor, Marketing
Biography: Professor Nancy Panos Schmitt teaches a variety of marketing courses, including Marketing Principles, Advertising, Selling and Branding. Nancy’s interest and expertise focuses on marketing strategy, consumer product branding, advertising and selling strategies.
Nancy’s 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, Master’s degree in Genetics, 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. Nancy is a keen observer of pop culture. Nancy’s office is a testament to consumer product branding.