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Business dean kicks off Keystone Breakfast Series

Sept. 26, 2006

KALAMAZOO--"A New Vision for the Haworth College of Business" will be laid out when the college's new dean takes the podium Friday, Sept. 29, in the first event of this year's Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series at Western Michigan University.

Dr. P. David Shields, who took the reins of the college Aug. 1, will speak at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2150 of Schneider Hall. His talk is the first program in the series' seventh year. The free event is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-5050.

Shields came to WMU from the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business, where he had served since 2004 as associate dean for graduate and professional programs and professor of accountancy and taxation. His appointment at WMU also includes a position as a tenured professor of accountancy.

Shields' background includes a four-year post as director of the James C. and Cherie H. Flores MBA Programs and the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies at Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU--from 2000 to 2004--he also served as interim associate dean for academic programs and then associate dean for MBA and executive education.

Shields began his career as a staff accountant for Coopers & Lybrand, and after moving to higher education, held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Rice University, Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. He was a professor of accounting at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, for four years before moving to LSU.

While leading the graduate business programs at both LSU and Houston, he developed a number of new programs, including an MBA offered in both Houston and Beijing that is focused on global energy management, as well as an executive MBA that is offered in conjunction with the Texas Medical Center and is focused on health care administration. In addition, he was the founding professor of Houston's Entrepreneurship Program, and he launched a professional MBA program at LSU.

The annual speaker series, sponsored by Kalamazoo-based Keystone Community Bank, offers community members, entrepreneurs, business leaders and other guests an opportunity to discuss important business issues.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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