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Alumnus Named First CBT Executive in Residence

September 13, 2005

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Western Illinois University students in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) will learn firsthand the tips of the trade from professionals in the business world through the college’s new ”Executive in Residence” program.

According to CBT Dean Fred Ebeid, through the program, a business executive will reside on campus for three days and serve as a course lecturer and faculty mentor. WIU alumnus Michael Litwin, the managing director and chief credit and risk officer for Merrill Lynch Capital in Chicago, will be the first participant. Litwin will be on the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses Sept. 14 through Sept. 16.

He will begin his residency in the Quad Cities on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and will continue that evening at the WIU-Macomb campus when he speaks to management students in MGT 590 - Strategic Management. On Thursday, Sept. 15 Litwin will have office hours from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and a coffee hour and roundtable discussion will be held with students from any major from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Stipes Hall 501. Following the discussion, Litwin will meet with finance students in FIN 341 - Financial Institutions and FIN 331- Financial Management. He will have office hours again from 1-2 p.m. and will meet from 2-3:15 p.m. with finance and management students in MGT 349 - Principles of Management and FIN 493 - Seminar in Banking. He will end the day with a faculty meeting.

LitwinÂ’s final day on campus, Friday, Sept. 16, will include 7:30-9 a.m. office hours, followed by a 9-10 a.m. open session with students in Stipes Hall 121, which is open to all Western students.

“Having Michael on campus provides our students with a marvelous opportunity to speak on a personal level with a business executive who possesses stellar experiences and connections,” Ebeid added.

In addition to serving as the managing director and chief credit and risk officer for Merrill Lynch Capital, Litwin is chair of Merrill Lynch CapitalÂ’s Credit Committee and is responsible for its credit policy, underwriting and portfolio management activities.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Capital, Litwin was executive vice president, chief credit and risk officer at Heller Financial, Inc., and has served as chair of HellerÂ’s Credit Committee and Credit Policy Committee.

Litwin is currently on the Board of Directors of the Risk Management Association and is a member of the CBT Advisory Board at Western. He received his bachelorÂ’s degree in management from Western in 1970 and his juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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