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Alumni in New International Business Advisory Board Help Advance College's Global Business Education

Posted November 9, 2007

ibab_web1.gifIn an effort to expand International Business education at Western New England College, the International Business Advisory Board (IBAB) was created recently and held its first meeting (pictured) at the College on December 7.

Under the direction of Dr. Jeanie Forray, director of International Business Programs and chair and associate professor of management in the School of Business, the board consists of 18 business members, seven of whom are alumni of the College. The IBAB also includes five School of Business faculty who are also members the International Programs Committee, and two student members.

The committee acts as a stakeholder group for international programs in the School of Business and provides resources, both in-kind and financial, for international business programs and activities. It also assists in the development of the international business curriculum. In addition to providing insight and feedback on the School's international programs, the IBAB subcommittees focus on connecting and integrating the business community to the School's programs, resource development, and program review.

The alumni members of the board are Bob Clingan G’75, vice president of mergers and alliance for Mansfield Oil in Gainesville, GA; Michael Franceschelli ’80, the general manager of body systems, Americas, for ArvinMeritor Inc. in Detroit; William Gonet ’82/G’90, vice president of sales and marketing for Barnes Aerospace’s Windsor Airmotive Division in East Granby, CT; David Gustafson ’77, former director of marketing of MM Mars International; AbdulSalam Jaber ’88, supervisor of biomedical engineering for Humber River Regional Hospital in Weston, Ontario, Canada; Dennis Lind ’80, vice president of design & engineering and IFP strategies for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts; and Curt Hamakawa L’84, assistant professor of sport management and director of the Center for International Sport Business at Western New England College.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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