Dean's Message

Dr. Satish Desphande, stands and smiles with his hands crossed.Dear Students, Alumni and Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Our blend of coursework, experiential learning and supportive faculty and staff creates the perfect environment for students to succeed. From day one through graduation, our students experience real-world business issues in classes, projects and internships. At WMU Haworth, students practice what they will pursue professionally each day and those professional experiences attract employers who hire our graduates year after year.

We believe that exploration is the best way to teach and have designed many experiences where students can find their passion in business. Our students:

  • Tackle real business issues in courses in all majors.
  • Launch businesses through Starting Gate, the student business accelerator.
  • Manage more than $2.3 million of WMU Foundation money in the Student Managed Investment Fund.
  • Consult with businesses on issues ranging from strategy, to supply chain, to marketing.
  • Participate in student competitions, testing business skills against the best students in the world.
  • Take a deep dive into topics such as analytics, sustainability, global business, communication, leadership and many others.

The great thing about WMU Haworth is that students get to choose how to develop their talents with faculty mentors, academic advisors and career development specialists guiding them in the best experiences for each discipline and career field. With 9 out of 10 of our graduates employed or pursuing graduate education within three months of graduation, we focus on success for our students. Our alumni add immediate value to organizations, are prepared for the positions that businesses seek now and in the future, and enjoy their positions as thought leaders in business.

We believe that support is essential to success, so we provide comprehensive resources right within our building to aid our students in becoming the best business professionals they can be.

Please contact me to learn more about our programs or supporting the college. 


Dr. Satish P. Deshpande
Dean, Haworth College of Business

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