Connecting higher education with the real world of business
The Dana Scholars Program provides an opportunity for business students to connect higher education with the real world of business. A 1991 donation from the Dana Corporation established the Dana Chair to utilize the “Executive-in-Residence" concept on campus. The program officially started in 1995 with the original intent that the Dana Chair would provide leadership in bonding education and business.
Every year a Dana Chair is selected by the Dean of the College of Business to serve as a team builder and provide leadership in the undergraduate business program. A group of 10 outstanding business students are selected every year based on their academic achievements and leadership skills. During the fall semester, the group meets once a week with the Dana Chair for the Business in Action course (BUAD 495), which was redesigned for Dana Scholars only with the purpose of exposing these students to a more action-oriented learning experience. At the Dana Chair's discretion, guest speakers from various levels of business are brought in and class trips are taken to area businesses.
Providing students with experiential learning opportunities for over 20 years!
In 2016, the Dana Scholars Program celebrated it's 20th anniversary. Watch the video below to hear what it's like to be part of the program from past chairs and scholars.
2019 Dana Chair:
Eugene Alan Fernandez, CIA
Retired Business Process Improvement Manager
Marathon Petroleum Company
Past Dana Chairs
1995-96: Dr. Ed Heminger
1996-97: Charles "Chuck" Younger
1997-98: Carl Patterson
1998-99: Girard "Jerry" Jetton
1999-2000: Bill Glover
2000-01: Alec REinhardt
2001-02: John Fahl
2002-03: F. Alan "Al" Blackburn
2003-04: Dave Healy
2004-05: Dave Healy
2005-06: Pauline "PJ" Milligan
2006-07: William E. "Bill" Ruse
2007-08: Charles "Chuck" Bishop
2008-09: Ann Buis
2010: William E. "Bill" Ruse
2011: L. Kent Rogers
2012: Ray Q. Scholes
2013: Richard E. "Dick" White
2014: Sherri Garner Brumbaugh
2015: Harold "Puck" Rowe Sr.
Spring 2016: W. Paul Worstell
Fall 2016: Richard P. Zunkiewicz
Spring 2017: James C. Koehler II & Andrea "Anni" Nicole Kramer
Fall 2017: Dr. William H. Kose
Spring 2018: Katherine Kreuchauf
Fall 2018: Gregory F. Hull