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CBT Advisory Board Maintains University-Business & Industry Connection

April 21, 2005

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MACOMB, IL – Students in Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) programs have inside connections with businesses and industries long before they walk across the stage at commencement.

The CBT Advisory Board at Western is comprised of 28 business professionals – most of whom are WIU alumni – who work with college faculty and administration to ensure students are receiving up-to-date information and experience. According to CBT Dean Fred Ebeid, the board, which was established in 1990, is dedicated to supporting Western as it continually improves its business programs and initiatives.

“These professionals, who have many years of industry experience, provide advice, ideas and resources to the faculty on a variety of issues facing the college, such as curriculum changes, technology updates, faculty development and student recruitment,” Ebeid added.

The board recently met on the WIU-Macomb campus to discuss the college’s strategic plan and academic master plan, as well as core competencies for students and the proposed executive-in-residence program. Another meeting has been set for October 2005.

“Whether it is in a classroom instructional setting or by providing opportunities for internships, research and collaborative projects, the advisory’s board’s support is helpful to our students and faculty in learning more about issues relevant in today’s global business society,” Ebeid said.

Members are appointed to the CBT Advisory Board by the president upon recommendation from the CBT dean. The following individuals were elected officers: Marcus Sipolt ‘75, president of Technical & Business Consulting, L.L.C. in Phoenix, AZ (chair); Andy Scott, vice president and chief marketing officer, GE Commercial Finance/Healthcare in Brookfield, WI (first vice-chair); and Steve Vanne ‘79, distribution manager, Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc., Morton, IL (second vice-chair).

CBT Advisory Board members include: Dorothy Billingsly ‘83, CEO, Billingsly Associates, LLC, Brooksville, FL; Paul Bobzin ‘62, president, Bobzin Executive Services, La Canada-Flintridge, CA ; Al Boyer ‘72, managing partner, Boyer Capital Management, Hermosa Beach, CA; John Brannigan ‘76, executive vice president, Hanley Wood, LCC, Addison (IL); William F. Bund ‘76, senior vice president, Walt Disney/ABC, New York, NY; Jon J. Carley ‘89, vice president, Hon Company, Muscatine, IA ; James Clary ‘79, president and CEO, Mullin Consulting, Inc., Deerfield (IL); Ronald S. Comm ‘70, president, RSC Consulting, Cary (IL); Holly Deem ‘77, chief risk officer, AMVESCAP Group Services, Atlanta, GA; Timothy Flemming, president and CEO, Citizens National Bank, Macomb (IL);
John B. Henderson ‘73, president and CEO, Frank Lynn & Associates, Inc., Chicago (IL); Laura Janus ‘70, CFA and partner, Holland Capital Management, LP, Chicago (IL); George Krull, Jr. ’78, Grant Thorton LLP, Chicago (IL); James Leopardo ‘77, CEO, Leopardo Construction, Inc., Hoffman Estates (IL); Michael Litwin ‘70, managing director and chief credit/risk officer, Merrill Lynch Capital, Chicago (IL); Ralph Livesay ‘69, supervisory director (retired), Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Orland Park (IL); David Lumley ‘76, president, Rubbermaid Fairlawn, OH; Steven McCann ‘72, managing director, RSM McGladrey, Inc., Davenport, IA; Kathleen McEntee ‘74, senior vice president of sales and account services, ComPsych Company, Chicago (IL); Robert Nardelli ‘71, president and CEO, The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA; Thomas Nardi ‘76, senior vice president and CFO, Peoples Energy Corporation, Chicago (IL); Samuel Oliva ‘77, CEO, Beacon Funding Corporation, Northbrook (IL); James Schrempf ‘78, general manager, John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, IA; Andrew Scott; Marcus Sipolt; Patty Sullivan ‘88, president and CEO, Eli Bridge Company, Jacksonville (IL); Steve Vanne; and Michael Yorke ‘76, human resource manager, Littelfuse Inc., Des Plaines (IL).

Ex-officio members include Ebeid; Associate CBT Dean Larry Wall; Schuyler Meixner, assistant to the CBT dean; and
Lori Boyer, secretary to the CBT dean.

For more information about the CBT Advisory Board, contact Ebeid at 309/298-2442.

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Office of University Relations