The following was communicated to us by Louisiana College:
PINEVILLE, Louisiana – Louisiana College announced the Ray and Dorothy Young School of Business and its MBA project in a crowded Granberry auditorium on Monday, October 25.
LC community leaders and board of directors were in attendance when President Rick Brewer, along with key donors, spoke about plans to launch the MBA.
“Having an MBA, I know the value of it,” Brewer said. “I know that as we advance our school beyond college to university status, more graduate programs are essential. “
Brewer acknowledged several key donors who made this development possible.
The Young School of Business is named after Ray and Dorothy Young of Wisner, longtime supporters of business and agriculture in Louisiana. Ray Young is a Korean War veteran, farmer and agricultural consultant, and former member of the Louisiana College Board of Trustees. Young’s significant contribution got the project started, Brewer said.
“They love the Lord; they like this school; they love students, ”Brewer said. “They want to invest in the kingdom and have an impact on the work of the kingdom in perpetuity. “
Les Young said their admiration for LC was their main motivation for their financial support.
“We were told the need and we could see the need, and we felt the leadership here at Louisiana College was such that it could be done very effectively and efficiently, and we were happy to have a small role. in that, ”said Ray Jeune.
Ray Young said there is a great need in the state and region for more programs for students with a Christ-centered worldview.
The denominational design of LC’s MBA was led by Dean Kenny Holt, who holds a PhD from the University of Memphis and comes to LC with over 30 years of experience, and will provide a unique educational experience for market leadership. .
“This is a momentous occasion, and it would not be possible without kingdom stewards like the Young people and their generous donation,” said Holt. “It will affect the lives of our students in central Louisiana and around the world as we prepare our students to be lifelong ethical leaders. This is one of the key objectives of the program.
Another notable support was provided by the Central Louisiana Community Foundation and CHRISTUS Health Systems.
Liz Mileshko, President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, explained how this graduate program fits with the organization’s mission, which is to connect people to the priorities that matter to them and to increase the charitable donations to improve the quality of life for everyone in Central Louisiana.
CHRISTUS Health Systems donated $ 150,000 to advance the MBA at LC.
“We are only as good as the individuals in the departments,” said Chris Karam, president and CEO of the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System, of its directors. “These leaders, these directors, what we find quite often is that these people are great clinicians, great at what they do, and we can educate and train them to be even better. We know it is [LC’s MBA program] will make the difference.
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