The Doermer School of Business (OSB) has an alumni base of approximately 8,000 that are involved with
the university through the Alumni Council chaired by Michael Coil, Class of 1989. As part of the university wide celebration for IPFW's 50th anniversary, the OSB has recognized 50 distinguished alumni. They are listed on page 12 of the Doermer Difference. It's been a challenge choosing which alumni to include and difficult to not include all. So, this has become more of a representative list of all our alumni, rather than a top 50 listing. We thank each alumni member for their contributions to society and for helping to forge the DSB reputation through their successes.
Today, the DSB is immersed in a sea of changes, propelled by a faculty of 30 highly regarded professors, in preparation for the next 50 years. We are proud of our involvement in northeast Indiana to foster a growing economy through a variety of ways. The main one is by providing well-educated graduates to fill the workforce needs in regional, national and international companies. Another is through our co-op program that allows students to earn while they learn in real world environments at local businesses. This program gives students the opportunity to prove themselves in the workplace and has many times led to employment upon graduation. The OSB also engages the business community through team projects mostly based in Fort Wayne, but sometimes based internationally. This year, a team worked with Fort Wayne Metals Research and its plant in Ireland, which you can learn more about on page 20. The previous year, our international project was through Franklin Electric at its facilities in China.
The MBA Program is in a process of revamping. We are improving the curriculum by adding more tracks of study for students, as well as flexibility and experiential learning opportunities. With top-rated Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the MBA program continues to be valuable, yet, at a price that allows broad participation.
The DSB has a bright future as we continue our current successes and develop new programs to broaden our value for both student and community. I encourage you to learn more about the OSB and its capabilities by visiting ipfw.edu/business and I personally invite you to contact me with any questions regarding the Doermer School of Business and the bright future it can provide.
- Dean Michael Eikenberry