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Willamette MBA AACSB international accreditation affirmed

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) announced the reaffirmation of accreditation for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in April.

AACSB International is the global hallmark of excellence in management education. Less than half of all business management schools in the U.S. and less than 10% of business management schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation. Only 9% of AACSB-accredited institutions offer graduate-only programs.

The AACSB International extended their congratulations in a note last month:

"On behalf of Andrew Policano, Chair, AACSB International Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to inform you that the Peer Review Team's recommendation to extend accreditation of the business degree programs offered by your school has been concurred with by the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. Congratulations to you, the faculty, students, staff, and all supporters of the school."

Read more online:  http://www.willamette.edu/mba/aacsb/

Practitioner-focused, application-based: certificate in business lawyering upcoming sessions

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the College of Law have developed a Certificate in Business Lawyering (CBL) that includes tools, resources and concepts to increase an attorney's value and productivity. The program is delivered by highly experienced practitioners and academics with content that can be immediately applied to firms and organizations.

Details online: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/cbl

Atkinson alumnus named CFO for the City of Portland

Richard Goward (MBA ’83) was named CFO of the City of Portland on April 22. A former budget manager of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Goward will now lead Portland’s $3.5 billion budget and manage treasury operations. Goward taught accounting courses at the Atkinson School for nearly 20 years.

Portland Business Journal announcement of Goward’s appointment:  http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2010/04/19/daily40.html

Willamette MBA students give back through “Team MBA”

Each year, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recognizes students from top MBA programs around the country who are making an impact in the communities where they live and learn. The project, known as “Team MBA,” includes graduate management programs across the country. This year, a team of Willamette MBA students known as “Abeo” (the Latin word for change) developed strategies to promote and foster sustainable, community-led social change projects.

The diverse group of students that make up “Abeo” were reflected in the range of projects supported through their efforts. A complete list of community impact projects is described on the “Team MBA” website.

The top projects will be recognized at GMAC’s 2010 Industry Conference in June.