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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Willamette MBA Dean Debra Ringold elected to executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise at Atkinson Graduate School of Management, was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Executive Council is NASPAA’s primary governing board and Council Members are selected through an organization-wide election.

NASPAA accredits graduate degree programs committed to public service and research in the government and not-for-profit sectors. All NASPAA-accredited programs adhere to strict standards in preparing graduates for successful and ethical careers in public and not-for-profit organizations.

Ringold teaches courses in public, private and not-for-profit marketing and has served in leadership and consulting roles with organization including the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing since 1991.

NASPAA reaffirmed Willamette University’s accreditation this past spring. Willamette University holds the only MBA program dually accredited by NASPAA (for public administration) and the AACSB International (for business administration). Dual accreditation through NASPAA and the AACSB supports the mission of the Willamette MBA program to prepare managers for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


AGSM receives top award from Graduate Management Admission Council

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) awarded Willamette’s MBA program the top honor in its “Team MBA” program during its recent annual industry conference. The “Institutional Award” recognizes an outstanding graduate degree program committed to student services, social engagement, community involvement and student-led programs.

Willamette’s MBA programs incorporate service and stewardship into the curriculum through experiential projects. The PACE program pairs full-time MBA students with local non-profit and government organizations. Students in the evening MBA program often work with non-profit or government organizations as part of their final project.

“The Team MBA Institutional Award is exciting and gratifying,” said Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise. “It affirms our program’s mission to educate leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.”

The Willamette MBA competed against top management programs from across the country,edging out finalists Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business and Indiana University Kelly School of Business. Past recipients of the Team MBA Institutional Award include Vanderbilt University (2008) and Boston University (2009).