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OfficeMax exec to speak at Haworth business college

Jan. 17, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Carol B. Moerdyk, a former OfficeMax Inc. executive, will discuss "Breadth, Depth and Resilience--the Secret of Successful Markets, Companies and Careers" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, on the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo.

The free, public talk will be held in Schneider Hall's Brown Auditorium and examine how the character elements of breadth, depth and resilience affect success for individuals and institutions. The presentation is part of the 2007-08 Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series. A question-and-answer period and reception in Moerdyk's honor will follow the presentation.

Moerdyk, retired senior vice president, international at OfficeMax, earned a bachelor's degree in finance with highest honors from WMU in 1971. A member of the University's Lee Honors College as an undergraduate, she went on to pursue a doctoral degree in finance at the University of Michigan. She began her professional career in higher education, serving as an assistant professor of finance at the University of Maryland starting in 1976.

In 1979, Moerdyk joined the Federal National Mortgage Association as a senior analyst. From 1981 to 2003, she worked in various positions at the Boise Cascade Corp., including director and vice president, corporate planning and development; vice president, office products division; senior vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer; and senior vice president, North American and Australasian contract operations.

When Boise Cascade acquired OfficeMax in 2003, Moerdyk became its senior vice president, international. She retired from that position in September and now serves as a director for both Libbey Inc. and the American Woodmark Corp.

To register to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series program, please call the dean's office in the Haworth College of business at (269) 387-5050.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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