Miami University's Richard T. Farmer School of Business has established the Center for Governance, Risk Management, and Reporting, with the Michael G. Oxley Fund as the primary funding source. Brian Ballou and Dan Heitger, faculty in the Department of Accountancy, were named as co-directors.

The center will host executive conferences, workshops and education programs for business professionals, and assist with a Washington, D.C., internship program for students.

Heitger says the synthesis of these three elements makes the center a potential major player in national business. It will perform commissioned research for specific companies and develop funding for research on major issues. The center is planning an annual publication to communicate non-proprietary results to members.

"We want to work with any company, forming partnerships, as donors, working on research projects, getting involved with conferences and curriculum development," Heitger says.

Two master's level courses have been set up integrating the three focus areas. Future content will be added to the undergraduate program and as onsite courses for businesses. The first executive conference in May attracted participants from Chiquita Brands, Procter & Gamble, Cintas and Cincinnati Financial. The 2007 conference is scheduled for April 26-27.

Six physicians and a business manager from the University of Cincinnati's Academic Health Center have just completed the first UC Physicians Executive Development Program at the Raymond Walters College campus for the UC College of Medicine. Two faculty members from the college's accounting department, Jens Stephan and Terry Campbell, developed and taught the 10-month course. The program surveyed MBA-type courses, including accounting, finance, strategy, marketing and quality. Neurologist Brett Kissella, MD, underlined the need for such education. "No one trains you on how to run your business as a doctor," he remarked.

Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 15 years, has been named executive director of the Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy, created early this year as an affiliate of the Ohio Business Roundtable. Richard Stoff, president of the Roundtable, praised Wilkinson's "rare combination of mental toughness and personal humility, together with his know-how and passion for helping young people succeed and transform their lives." Established by Philip Cox, president of Cincinnati's Cox Financial Group, and Robert Mahoney, chairman emeritus of Diebold, Inc., the alliance will advocate an enhanced, more strategic role for higher education in contributing to Ohi'™s economic growth.

Thomas More College received an investment of $250,000 from St. Elizabeth Medical Center toward educating students in the nursing professions. In recognition of the hospital's continued support, Thomas More will name the nursing program after St. Elizabeth. "We are delighted to be able to make this investment in the excellent nursing program at Thomas More College. The education of qualified nurses is key to fulfilling our mission," says Joseph Gross, St. Elizabeth president and CEO.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business will offer a Sept. 20 presentation by Ken Lowe, CEO of Scripps Howard, on the effect of the internet on entertainment as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. The Xavier Entrepreneurship Luncheon on Sept. 25 will feature John Eckberg of The Enquirer discussing his recent book on successful entrepreneurs, some of whom will be present. In addition, Xavier classes for high level executives will be offered Sept. 18 and 19, and Oct. 2 and 3.

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