Beth Ursin

Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management


With over 12 years of experience in Career Management, I have found that the key to success in transitions is building a strong network of colleagues. There are few companies that structure a career ladder in which employees move from entry level to management through a structured process. So, you must be in charge of your own success, evaluating your strengths, building your career plan, creating a professional network and adding value to your organization. There are many different paths you can take, but ultimately you are in the driver's seat of your career, we help pave the road.


An Atkinson alumna, Beth's career started as an intern in Whitman College's Career Center where she was actively involved in establishing the Whitman College Internship program. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, Beth spent six years in Career development and launched a three-campus career program for a technical college in Seattle, ultimately resulting in a key partnership with Microsoft and an average placement rate of 95%.

After accomplishing her goals in Seattle, Beth moved to Portland and launched an educational consulting business and helped 60 other people launch similar businesses in five states. Her software and Internet recommendations to clients led her to pursue an MBA focused as close as she could to e-commerce (technology, marketing and international management). During her MBA program at Atkinson, Beth was instrumental in the analysis of e-commerce at twenty key government agencies and her report was used to influence the legislation to budget funding for the State of Oregon Internet Portal.


  • M.B.A., Willamette University
  • B.A., Whitman College
  • P.H.R.
  • G.P.H.R.

Areas of Instruction

Career Management, Career Coaching.

Selected Professional Activities

MBA Career Services Council (Conference Co-Chair 2011), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (Oregon State Council, Workforce Readiness Director, 2011), Salem Human Resource Management Association (President, 2009), Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) (Northwest Region Director, 2011)