MEQUON - Concordia University Wisconsin’s School
of Business Administration is now the largest school on the
Over the past
few years, the school has increased the number of undergraduates
in its programs, as well as students seeking an MBA. It also is
exploring ways to collaborate with other programs on campus -
for instance, integrating business into health-related
As a result of
this growth, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, president of CUW, told
attendees at his Fall Presidents Roundtable last week that a new
academic building to house business and legal studies programs
will be the biggest priority in the university’s next capital
Ferry told 75
or so invited guests who attended separate but similar luncheons
on Tuesday and Wednesday that the university is in the earliest
phase of its campaign and is having discussions with its lead
“As far as the
administration has been concerned, and the board of regents and
the Concordia University Foundation, this academic building is
our first priority,” he said on Nov. 19. “As we become confident
in the ability to raise the support for this project, we’ll
accelerate the timetable accordingly.”
Ferry did not
discuss an exact schedule of when work might begin. He also did
not say where the building might be built on the campus.
dean of Business and Legal Studies at CUW, said the school has
grown over the past 20 years as it has instituted a variety of
new programs and opportunities for its students.
degree programs in various stages of development, we need a
home,” he said. “As Dr. Ferry shared, we are all dreaming about
the Concordia University of Wisconsin School of Business
Administration building - and what it could be.”
He said the
state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot facility would be among the
best in the nation. It would include a variety of new facilities
for both the business and legal studies programs, including:
trading room for the new wealth management program.
with one-way windows for marketing research.
and large boardrooms for presentations and programming
mock trial classroom.
simulators, which Borst said could be used by both students and
local police forces.
“The school of
Business Administration is partnering with a new tangential
501(c)(3) corporation to house the family business legacy
initiative,” Borst said. “This organization will need space to
conduct seminars and other events, thus making this facility a
true community resource.”
dean of the Haab School of Business at the Concordia University
Ann Arbor campus, also attended the luncheons to discuss a
proposal to form the Corcordia Multi-Disciplinary Accelerator,
where students would be able to work in teams, work through
ideas and launch start-ups.
about a totally different room - this is not going to look like
a classroom,” she said, adding that separate incubators spaces
could be located on both the Mequon and Ann Arbor campuses and
can be connected by video conference.
many parts of its operations with the Concordia Ann Arbor campus
earlier this year. Since that time, faculty on both campuses
have been collaborating on curriculum. Curt Gielow, the former
executive dean of the Pharmacy School and also the prior mayor
of Mequon, is now the vice president of administration and chief
campus officer at the Michigan campus.
“I don’t care
what you want to do with your career,” said Siegle, who also has
a law degree. “You have to learn how to innovate, how to problem
solve and how to persevere. And whether you go on to work for a
large company, an existing start-up or your own start-up, you
have to have those three qualities - and I believe Concordia can
equip students with those.”
Schilling, executive director of Ozaukee Economic Development,
also attended the luncheon.
economic development has really taken a new focus on how do we
exist with entrepreneurship, how do we do more with some of
these young companies - and as a region, we’ve started to take
notice,” she said.
In response to
a question from an attendee, Ferry said the capital campaign may
also address other priorities for the CUW campus, including
growing the endowment, facilities for arts programs, upgrades to
the current field house and an interdisciplinary facility for
health care programs.
Gary Achterberg can be reached at