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Paulsen Named CBT Development Director

December 7, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – Becky Paulsen, former president of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corp. (MACCDDC), has been appointed director of development for the College of Business and Technology (CBT) at Western Illinois University, effective Dec. 4, according to Thomas Erekson, CBT dean.

“We are glad to have Becky as part of the College of Business and Technology team,” Erekson said. “Becky’s leadership skills and her experience will serve the college and the University well.”

Paulsen served as the president of the MACCDDC for two years and was the executive director of the former Macomb Downtown Development Corporation (MDDC) for four years before the Chamber of Commerce and the MDDC merged. As the president of the organization Paulsen was responsible for promoting the growth and development of Macomb which included marketing the downtown area, promoting Macomb as a shopping hub, promoting more than 80 days of events specific to the downtown area such as Brown Bag concerts in the park, coordinating business memberships and conducting seminars and workshops for business members.

Paulsen has also served as the manager of the Diamond Den in Macomb and as an assistant to local State Farm Insurance Agent Cathy Early. Paulsen was the owner of GrandmaÂ’s Feather Bed, a specialized wholesale and retail business, for eight years; was the manager of Paul Harris and Casual Corner retail clothing stores; and was an associate for SuzieÂ’s Clothing Store.

“WIU is fortunate to have a person with the strong community relationships and business experience that Becky brings to this position,” said Western’s Vice President for Advancement and Public Services Dan Hendricks. “She will have a significant impact on future support of the college and is a wonderful addition to the University.”

Paulsen earned her bachelorÂ’s degree in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University.

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