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White: New business school highlights DePauw story

The president of DePauw University said the new School of Business and Leadership on the Greencastle campus formalizes what the university has been doing for years. Dr. Lori White cites DePauw graduates who went on to become top business leaders, including Jeff Harmening, CEO of General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Joe Schoen, GM of the New York Giants, and Elisa Villanueva, CEO of Teach for America. Beard. The university last week announced the new school as part of its five-year strategic plan.

White spoke about the new school and the strategic plan in an Inside Indiana Business interview with Gerry Dick.

“When students search for places they might want to go to college, they look for particular majors and fields of study, and business is the number one area students look for,” White said.

DePauw also detailed two donations totaling $40 million to the business school. A $20 million donation from longtime donors Sharon Ubben and her late husband, Timothy Ubben, pledged to help launch the school, while an additional $20 million from alumni Steve and Karen Sanger establish the Sanger Leadership Initiative, as well as a chair and fellowships. , among others.

White says the strategic plan is designed to help DePauw create a model of a renewed liberal arts university for the 21st century.

“Certainly, the academic renewal is part of it. We want to offer fields of study that are cutting edge and that students are looking for and that employers tell us they want in graduates,” she said. “And, we also want to be a dynamic institution in terms of social fabric. We want to be an institution committed to institutional fairness and we want to thrive in the 21st century.

She says the goal of the strategic plan is to excite prospective students in a challenging and competitive time in higher education.