The business program has historically been one of the most successful at Shepherd University and has graduated more students than any other department. In 2016, Dr. Mary Hendrix, and former Provost, Dr. Chris Ames, accepted a recommendation from a team of external consultants to take the first step in moving the business program towards excellence and growth by, “Initiating a search for a dean of the School of Business with a commitment to attract an experienced business academic or professional leader who can galvanize the faculty and external stakeholders into a re-invigoration effort to enhance the quality and success of business/management education at Shepherd University.”
The University successfully completed this national search by hiring Dr. William “Ben” Martz through resources raised by the Business 2020 Initiative, which was led by Ray Alvarez (above right), Shepherd alumnus and former Shepherd University Foundation President. During the committee’s first meeting July 27, 2016, hosted by alumnus Ken Lowe at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown, Mike Smith (above left), former president of the Shepherd University Foundation, offered a $250,000 challenge grant. Smith’s challenge gift is the first at this level for Shepherd.
This is an extraordinary example of the commitment of our business community partnering with Shepherd to revitalize an important program and provide significant new opportunities for students.
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