The Business Plan – Spring 2012
OSU’s Spears School of Business entered into groundbreaking territory with the launch of the first program for executive development in the United States. The Ph.D. in Business for Executives began in January with 19 participants from seven states.
“We believe that making a difference in the future world of business will require executives to stretch their leadership potential, and we are looking forward to assisting them as they desire to make a difference in the business world,” Dean Larry Crosby said.
Information sessions for those interested in learning more about the program and how to become a member of the 2013 class beginning next January are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings:
Social media is changing the way we do business, the way we communicate with friends and family, and the way many people now live their lives. No one knows that better than Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. She was head of marketing at Facebook for six years before leaving last August to start R to Z Media. Randi Zuckerberg will be the featured speaker at both the Tulsa Business Forums (March 15) and the Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City (March 16). She plans to speak on “Social Change through Social Media: How the Web is Changing the Way we Live, Vote and Organize.”
Oklahoma State alum Jerry Stritzke grew up in Oklahoma, was a member of the FarmHouse fraternity at Oklahoma State University and was an aspiring farmer. So how is it that he ended up with an office on 34th Street in mid-town Manhattan, N.Y., as the president and chief operating officer for Coach, one of the world’s largest marketers of accessories and gifts for women and men?
“I have to say that Oklahoma State was a transformational experience for me. It was a very defining event,” said Stritzke, who shared his story with a sold-out crowd during the Executive Management Briefings speaker series in Oklahoma City in early February. “OSU really kind of motivated me to embrace the idea of what was possible.”
Two Longtime Spears School Professors to Retire
A pair of long-time Spears School of Business professors will retire at the conclusion of the spring semester in May.
Marilyn (Meg) Kletke, professor of Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS), has been teaching in the Spears School since 1981. She has received numerous recognitions over the years, including receiving the Greiner Teacher Award (Undergraduate) in 2010, being named a Distinguished Higher Education Instructor (2009), earning the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award (2007), and the Kenneth and Leitner Greiner Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2007), and many others.
Don Hansen, the Arthur Andersen professor of Accounting and Regents Service Professor, has been teaching at OSU for nearly 30 years. He has been on the business school’s staff three different times –1977 to 1980, again from 1981 to 1984, and finally from 1989 through the present semester. He served as the head of the School of Accounting from 2004 to 2010, and was the school’s doctoral coordinator from 2002 to 2004. Hansen received numerous awards over the years, including the Richard W. Poole Research Award (2006-07), the Kenneth and Leitner Greiner Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (1999), and numerous others.
The School of Entrepreneurship has received numerous honors in recent years but none of them compare to its most recent recognition. Earning the National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award from the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is one of the most prestigious honors any school can receive. OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship is just in its fourth year of existence and is already attracting national attention from the USASBE, the premier organization for entrepreneur educators.
The OSU Business School has been housed in the same building at Hester Drive and Morrill Avenue for nearly 50 years. But that will be changing in the not-so-distant future as the Spears School of Business will be moving into a new 200,000-square-foot building that will replace the current Business Building and Hanner Hall.
The four-level building – three floors will be above ground – will match the scale, exterior finishing and landscaping of adjacent buildings. Dean Larry Crosby announced the new building project last fall, and there are already more than $23.5 million in commitments toward the goal of raising $60 million in private funds for the construction of the new facility.
There are a number of ways for OSU alums to support the Spears School of Business and help make the new building a reality while strengthening the education for students. Join with donors leading the way by making a gift to the building fund. All gifts will count toward the Branding Success campaign. For your convenience, you can make a gift online.
By designating your gift to the Spears School of Business new building, you will be a partner in shaping the future of business education at Oklahoma State. If you prefer to make your gift in person or have questions regarding the project, contact Diane Crane (405-385-5665) or David Spafford (405-385-5667) at the OSU Foundation.
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