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Culver himself has an Ag degree from Lincoln University. He
worked in production and international livestock sales for
18 years, so he is fervent about the program. “The material
covered in lectures and projects directly relates to current
events shaping the industry. When our students graduate,
they are not only great writers and confdent speakers…they
are very knowledgeable about the material and able to
effectively apply these concepts in the real world.”
Students agree. “The program interested me because I am
passionate about the agricultural industry. These classes have
also helped me with projects for my job,” said
Jill Fleischmann
program coordinator for the Missouri Value Added Center, a
section of the University of Missouri’s agricultural
economics department.
Breck Frerking
, public relations coordinator of the Show-Me
Institute, agrees that the material easily translates into instant
on-the-job value: “The strong emphasis on agriculture policy has
been incredibly benefcial to me in my professional work. I have
gained valuable insights into the agriculture industry.”
“This is the only opportunity I know of in central Missouri, and
probably all of Missouri, to give agribusiness professionals a
venue to learn in—at the level of the MBA degree. The
agribusiness emphasis is important, because it does have
its own particularities,” said
Hattie Francis
, Esq., an adjunct
professor of business law.
Jim Graham
, who teaches agricultural policy and entrepreneur-
ship, commented, “I love interaction with students; I love getting
them to think. I want them to leave class thinking, ‘Man, I’m glad
I had that class; that experience will really help me in the
business world.’”
According to Graham, "The agricultural policy class is critical
because it’s so far-reaching. People in the industry don’t
even understand how much it affects. Most of the students
completed the course with eyes wide-open. If they are
starting an Ag-based business, they need to understand
agricultural policy.”
Convenience is another feature of the program that students
really appreciate—most have families and successful careers.
“My career is demanding enough, but when you add a family
to that mix, it's too easy to say there's ‘no time’ for further
education,” said Thurnau. “The William Woods program is
structured for the working professional.”
For more information on William Woods’ MBA in agribusiness,
call 1.800.995.3199, or email at
Details and the free online application for admission are
available 24/7 at
Expanding Operations
By Mary Ann Beahon
Since 1992, William Woods University has extended its mission to
meet the growing need for convenient, affordable, undergradu-
ate and graduate education for working adults across Missouri.
While career advancement demands a commitment to continu-
ous learning, many professionals fnd that traditional classroom
education is a poor ft for their unpredictable schedules that
already include long hours, work-related travel and personal
responsibilities. WWU designed its Graduate & Adult Studies
(G&AS) programs to help adult learners overcome
these challenges.
In the past year, WWU has launched degree programs in
Arkansas (see The Woods, Summer 2008), opened a new campus
in Blue Springs, Mo., and doubled the size of its Jefferson City
campus. WWU now serves approximately 3,500 students in a
variety of degree programs at convenient locations in more
than 125 communities in Missouri and Arkansas.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, WWU administrators met
with Blue Springs’ Chamber of Commerce and R-IV School District
and parochial school administrators to discuss how to meet the
growing educational needs in the community. The Woods’
G&AS division now works directly with the Blue Springs R-IV School
District, as a “partner school” in meeting the educational needs of
working adults. WWU opened its new Blue Springs campus inside
the Paul Consiglio Education Center at 1501 N.W. Jefferson St.
in July 2008.
About the same time, and less than two years after relocating to a
larger facility, the Jefferson City, Mo., campus expanded again—
this time in the same spot. WWU now occupies the entire building
at 919 Wildwood Dr., doubling its square footage from 9,750 to
19,500. This high-tech facility is wheelchair accessible and features
wireless Internet accessibility, ceiling-mounted digital projectors
and SMART Sympodium presentation equipment.
WWU Blue Springs campus team (left to right):
Dr. Vince Paolillo
, director
of site operations;
Suzanne Singleton
, business enrollment rep., and
Doug Doss
, education enrollment rep.