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WMU Foundation receives historic gift in excess of a half-billion dollars, the largest ever for a public higher ed institution

Visionary Western Michigan University graduates have donated to the WMU Foundation $550 million, the largest gift for a public institution of higher education in U.S. history. Forward thinking in design, scope and size, this historic philanthropic contribution will be known as the Empowering Futures Gift. The donors, alumni who have chosen not to be named, earmarked their record-breaking contribution to WMU and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed).

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Meet The 30

The Haworth College of Business is proud to present its 2021 edition of The 30, a publication that recognizes emerging business leaders who are providing thought leadership and innovative perspectives in the business world.

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A city of continuous improvement

What can help you reorganize mechanic stations, better track winter salt usage and make the absentee ballot counting process efficient and seamless? For the City of Portage, the answer is WMU’s Lean Six Sigma program, offered through the Center for Integrated Supply Management. 

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Built Bronco tough

One year ago, senior Ben Kandah set his sights on an internship with Ford Motor Company, and it has been full speed ahead since then.

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Dr. Zac Williams: Haworth College of Business Research Award

Coupling academic acumen with practitioner experience has made Zac Williams, director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management and associate professor of marketing, a thought leader in the supply chain industry. Zac’s research productivity shows no signs of stopping, which is why he was recognized this year with the Haworth College of Business Research Award.