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New WSU exec program aims to help firms fill knowledge gaps

February 2, 2014

Wayne State University's School of Business Administration plans to launch an executive education arm in the coming months to help local companies train employees to move into managerial and executive ranks or enhance their skills. Marcus Dickson, the business school's director of education, said he has been working with an executive education task force of faculty members since November to identify what courses would best match the expertise of the school's faculty with the desires of the Detroit business community. Because many other business schools already have executive education programs, Margaret Williams, interim dean of Wayne State's business school said, the new arm will keep the university competitive with those schools as well as be relevant in the Detroit community - where, she said, a void exists in executive education offerings. "It's critical for us as a business school in Detroit to meet the needs of the businesses here and continue to meet the needs of those businesses for years to come," said Williams, who appointed the executive education task force. She said the executive education unit also will help spread the word about the expertise of the business school's faculty and help them stay up to date on what is happening in the world of business.