Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series

Professional photo of DeshpandeThe future direction of WMU’s business college will be the next topic at the Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series hosted by the Haworth College of Business.

Satish Deshpande, Ph.D., dean of the Haworth College of Business, will give a presentation titled “The Future of Business Education: Strategic Implications for the Haworth College of Business” at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28. The presentation will take place at the Fetzer Center in room 1035.

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center lot 72F.

Deshpande

Deshpande earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Bombay, a post-graduate diploma from Xavier Labor Relations Institute and a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. He began his professional career as a personnel officer in private industry before beginning his academic career as a teaching and research assistant at Iowa.

Deshpande's tenure at WMU has included such accomplishments as helping to create a human resources management major and leading the college's first strategic planning process. As associate dean, he was involved in revision of the college's MBA program, was instrumental in the introduction of a university-wide entrepreneurship minor and was responsible for maintaining the college's accreditation through AACSB—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

During his years at WMU, Deshpande spent a summer serving as a visiting professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and another summer as an exchange professor at Japan's Nihon University.

Deshpande became dean in 2018 after serving as interim dean since 2016.

Haworth College of Business

Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

About the series

The Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.