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UVU Woodbury School Of Business Fetes 15th Anniversary Of Building’s Naming

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September 21, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the naming of the school’s home, the Woodbury Business Building, after F. Orin and Nina R. Woodbury with a series of events on Sept. 30.

A public open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the F. Orin and Nina R. Woodbury Business Building, followed by a guest lecture entitled “Business Ethics from the Ground Up” by Harold W. Milner, a Utah business executive and business management scholar, at 1 p.m. in the Ragan Theater of the Sorensen Student Center.

The generous support of the Woodbury family in the naming of the School’s recently renovated business building has followed with a decade and a half of growth and momentum as the Woodbury School of Business has become the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Learning (USHE). In addition to the creation of a rigorous executive MBA program whose first cohort began fall semester 2010, the School has the distinction of being accredited by AACSB International, the largest and most prestigious accrediting body for business programs in the world.

“The Woodbury’s gift in 1996 set the stage for the Woodbury School of Business to blossom into a community-engaged business school that integrates teaching and scholarship,” said Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business. “Whether students are interested in obtaining a high-demand MBA degree from our quality executive program or earning an associate degree in legal studies, the Woodbury School of Business is becoming a leader in student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement, and innovative teaching.”

Recently, the school added to the robust nature of its business programs and academic offerings with a newly constructed suite of classrooms and a finance lab for its MBA students, encouraged greater community engagement with students working with local businesses and organizations and initiated an annual Doing Business in China conference to provide valuable knowledge and best practices to area businesses and entrepreneurs. The school is also home to the University’s Center for the Advancement of Leadership and an annual statewide entrepreneurship conference.

F. Orin Woodbury played a significant role in transforming the real estate industry locally and nationally. His work with government and private industry leaders led him to positions of national importance in several real estate councils and organizations. He founded Woodbury Corporation, which continues to be one of the oldest and most respected commercial real estate development firms in the Intermountain West. The Woodbury Building at UVU was named to honor F. Orin and Nina R. Woodbury in 1996 by their children and grandchildren.

Milner is the chairman of VFC, a Salt Lake company that provides lightning protection systems throughout the United States. He has also served as CEO and president of Hotel Investors (Starwood Hotels), Americana Hotels and Kahler Realty Corporation. He also worked with Marriott as its corporate treasurer and finance officer. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and taught business management at BYU.

What:    Woodbury School of Business Open House
When:   Friday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:  F. Orin and Nina R. Woodbury Building, UVU Campus
Cost:     Free and open to the public


What:    “Business Ethics from the Ground Up” by Harold W. Milner
When:   Friday, Sept. 30, 1-2 p.m.
Where:  Ragan Theater, Sorensen Student Center, UVU Campus
Cost:     Free and open to the public


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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