Greetings from the Dean's Office

I am honored to serve as dean and excited as we begin a new chapter in the College’s history.

When I interviewed for the dean’s position, I was deeply impressed by the strengths of the Haworth College of Business, including dedicated and talented faculty and staff, strong academic programs, a keen focus on students and their success and a strong base of support from alumni and the business community. Now that I am immersed in the invigorating bustle of the College, these strengths are reinforced for me daily.

Witnessing our students excel in statewide and national competitions, their internships, leadership positions within their student organizations and across campus and so many other endeavors is a joy and highlights the quality of Haworth College of Business students and the instruction that they receive.

Our committed and caring faculty and staff provide our students with opportunities to participate in specialized academic programs, consulting, study abroad programs and many other avenues for intellectual and professional preparation. Our students are bright, energetic problem-solvers who are ready to work in global businesses and on Main Street with an eye to sustainability, best practices, emerging technology and ethics.

As we work to continuously improve the College through strategic planning, initiatives and partnerships, we strive to answer a central question: What are the key needs of existing and emerging industries and how do we best prepare students for today’s work environment?

Our committed and expert faculty members guide our students, providing them with a customized experience, working side-by-side with students in small classroom settings where each student is able to receive individualized attention. Faculty share their research findings and equip students with new knowledge that impacts the industries in which they will be employed.

This unique, hand-crafted Haworth Experience is what differentiates the Haworth College of Business from other schools of business.

The strong alumni base and solid community support serve as valuable resources to our students. The lives of our students are touched through many educational programs and experiences involving alumni and members of the business community.

As we continue to refine our programs, emphasize experiential learning, create innovative programs and strengthen and expand our network of business partners, we are poised to become the business school of choice, not just in this region, but in the state of Michigan and beyond.

I invite you to learn more about top priorities for the College in the coming months. I also invite you to contact me at any time with your feedback and thoughts or to learn more about connecting with the Haworth College of Business.

Kay M. Palan, Ph.D.
Dean, Haworth College of Business



Haworth College of Business
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5457 USA
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