Lower Mainland gains new School of Business

Trinity Western University appoints new dean and gets set to take School of Business to new level

Langley, BC—As events at the WTO and the Quebec City summit of the Americas demonstrate, the complexity of our global economy requires successful business leaders to blend corporate and technological savvy with a keen understanding of how business decisions affect humanity and the environment. It is clear that the need for world-class, faith-based corporate education with a focus on ethical practices has never been greater. Kevin Sawatsky, Esq., who began as dean of Trinity Western University's new School of Business this June, envisions TWU taking a lead role in Canada and North America in providing exactly that kind of education. The University has announced that it will introduce the transformation of its business faculty into the new School of Business in a grand opening event this October (2001).

"We realize that students face significant challenges as they move into positions of corporate leadership," says Sawatsky, who has taught business law at the University for eight years while practising law with Kuhn and Company, a Vancouver based firm. "And we believe that our vision for the School of Business will better prepare our students to move into the marketplace and make significant contributions to the health of the economy, and in a way that considers the larger ethical implications. The quality and success of our current business program and alumni has made it possible for us to begin this exciting new chapter at TWU."

One of the key strategies for preparing these young Christian leaders to make a positive contribution, says Sawatsky, is the School of Business's deliberate focus on interacting with successful business leaders who are committed to considering the ethical implications of their business activities. According to Sawatsky, the strong presence of this kind of interaction in TWU's former business faculty has paved the way for the School of Business's more enhanced focus on learning within the marketplace.

"Students will have opportunities for co-ops and internships and real-time industry projects, and throughout their degree they will interface directly with active business leaders who will serve as resources and mentors," says Sawatsky. "This interaction is not simply an add-on to traditional instruction, but will be woven into the fundamental fabric of the program."

A strategic role for business professors will be to remain active practitioners in their area of expertise, another way the School of Business will integrate itself with the marketplace. According to Sawatsky, "this emphasis is important because it strengthens what instructors teach in the classroom, keeps the corporate contacts fresh and creates opportunities to include students in consulting activities."

In addition to Sawatsky's new appointment, other new hires of highly qualified people testify to the building excitement surrounding the vision for the new school. Over the past year, TWU has added five new tenure-track business faculty to an already strong team, three of those in the past two months. The recent hires include experts in Human Resources, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, and Finance.

As they look forward to the public launch of the School of Business this fall, Sawatsky and his growing team of business experts will continue to implement the big vision of the new venture. The date for the grand opening event will be announced by September.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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