Trinity University Announces School of Business


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Oct. 1, 2013

Trinity University Announces School of Business


New administrative structure offers partnership opportunities


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Ale Largacha and Matt Abrahams, students from the 2012-2013 Student Managed Fund class, present their end-of-year market report.

By Susie P. Gonzalez

SAN ANTONIO -Trinity University has transformed its Department of Business Administration into a School of Business that will forge partnerships with community and business leaders while remaining true to the institution's focus on liberal arts and sciences.

Richard Butler, professor of Economics at Trinity, will serve as interim dean of the School of Business while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean.

The School of Business will include three departments with interim chairs. The department of Accounting will have Associate Professor Linda Specht as interim chair, Prassel Professor of Business Paige Fields will serve as interim chair of Finance and Decision Sciences, and Professor Don Van Eynde will be interim chair of business administration.

"Trinity has a very long tradition of providing a world class business education rooted in the liberal arts and sciences," said Dennis A. Ahlburg, president of Trinity. "With the reorganization, the School of Business will more effectively serve our students, link disciplines across the campus, and connect the University more fully to the business community of San Antonio."

Although about one-fourth of Trinity's students major in business, Butler said that the School aims to offer even the students who do not major in business the opportunity to be equipped with business skills for whatever awaits them after college. "After graduating, they will work in some kind of organization, so it's in their interest to be business literate," he said.

A successful business school must have deep and thriving relationships with the business community. To develop these partnerships, Butler has spent the past year forming a 19-member Business Advisory Council that is chaired by Kevin Bergner '79, retired Army major general and president of the USAA Property and Casualty Insurance Group at USAA. Bergner was named Trinity's 2013 Distinguished Alumnus.  The Council also includes executives from large and small businesses, including AT&T, H-E-B, CPS Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Methodist Hospital, and Frost Bank.

Members of the advisory committee will speak to classes, offer internships and project assignments, and serve as mentors to Trinity business students. 

Butler noted, "This will make Trinity a better place, but it won't change what Trinity is." Trinity has offered a business major since the 1880s. The great advantage of a Trinity business education is that it combines strong preparation in the functional areas of business with an outstanding liberal arts education that will continue to prepare students to think critically and speak and write well, Butler said. 

Trinity's business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

Susie P. Gonzalez is director of public and media relations at Trinity University and can be reached at susie.gonzalez@trinity.edu