Message from the Dean
One of the greatest rewards as dean of the College of Business over the last eight-plus years has been watching faculty and staff develop some of the highest quality learning environments in the nation. Being recognized for these efforts has also been particularly satisfying.
We recently celebrated many successes stemming from the results of strategic investments in new faculty leadership, technology, and facilities. Though we don’t chase ranking for the sake of rankings, I am proud of our efforts resulting in being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the nation’s best online graduate business programs overall as well as for military and veteran students in 2013. To have more than 250 students in a program ranked first out of 300 competitors is a huge accomplishment and a testament to our commitment to strategic investment in online education and the hard work of faculty and staff across the WSU system.
Optimism prevails in the college as we rebuild faculty and staff numbers in critical areas, ensuring fulfillment of the modern land-grant mission at the highest quality. The success of our perennially-ranked undergraduate international business program (top 25 since 2005) and the launch of our new Carson Center for Student Success are also hallmarks of recent investments in our students.
We’ve made significant progress toward our goal of establishing a college presence around the world. Business programs are in place in North America, Asia, and Europe, and partnerships have been established in Africa and the Middle East, with work underway in South America. Our contemporary educational programs, such as the international business plan competition, give young entrepreneurs from across the globe the opportunity to develop business ventures that can make critical differences in our global economy. We are especially proud of the international teams from China, Switzerland, and Tanzania who advanced to compete in the final rounds of our international business plan competition that culminated with the Swiss team winning the overall competition in 2013.
The collective impact of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are great, and continued investment by alumni and friends will ensure those impacts continue into the future. To date, we’ve had a great campaign, raising over $62 million toward our goal of $75 million by 2015. By helping us succeed in our mission, you are paying it forward to the benefit of our global society.
We all have good reason to be proud of our college, and I offer my heartfelt gratitude to all who have given of themselves to facilitate our recent successes. A lot has been accomplished, and I’m proud to be dean of a top-ranked business school. It is a lot of work to stay at the top, but I assure you, with your support and involvement, our team is up to the challenge of delivering a continued winning record.

Eric R. Spangenberg, Ph.D
Dean and Maughmer Freedom Philosophy Chair