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February 16

William R. Whitney
CLU, ChFC and Vice President
State Farm Insurance

William Whitney joined State Farm in 1980 as an agent in Chico, Calif. In 1986, he was appointed an agency manager in Salinas, Calif. He was promoted to agency director in the Northern California Region in 1991 and was named executive assistant in the president’s office at corporate headquarters in 1995. He became vice president – agency in the Eastern Region in 1997. Whitney is a graduate of California State University at Chico. He earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 1993 and received his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 1994. Active in the community, Whitney is an advisory board member for Habitat for Humanity, a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, and an active member of Rotary International..


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Management education at North Carolina Central University can be traced to the year 1910, when the institution first opened its doors to students. University documents indicate that plans were drafted during the 1926-27 academic year for the establishment of a professional School of Commerce. Despite the absence of complete information of the actual operations of the School of Commerce, it is apparent that in addition to exemplary programs in the arts and sciences, business programs have long enjoyed a place of prominence at the University.

An unprecedented growth in student interest and enrollment caused University officials to plan the establishment of a professional school devoted to studies in business administration and management. On July 1, 1972, the Department of Business and Economics was separated from the undergraduate school of arts and sciences became the School of Business.


Testimonials


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George Hamilton

B.S. Business Administration, 1977
President, Dow Coating Solutions, Midland, Michigan

“North Carolina Central University is a very competitive business school which provides a quality education with unique advantages such as its location in the Research Triangle, small classes, student diversity, global focus, and a holistic education that provides growth of the mind and spirit. I highly recommend it to any young person seeking a great education that will impact them for life."


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Keith Edgerton

B.B.A. Accounting/B.B.A. Business Information Technology,2008
President National Association of Black Accountants – NCCU chapter, 2007 – 2008
Corporate Staff Accountant, Caterpillar, Inc.

Recently featured in the Wilmington-based publication, Greater Diversity News, Edgerton was recognized for the highest GPA in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Considered legally blind, he still managed to tutor students from other schools and achieve a 4.0 average in both his chosen fields of study.

“I found out about the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) through my accounting classes. I joined for networking opportunities, and it helped me meet new friends, some from other schools that I tutored. Recruiters sought me out after hearing about me from students at other schools. In 2007 I won local and regional scholarships through my association with NABA. Then, in 2008, I won the national NABA Distinguished Collegiate Professional Award."


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Meredith Weiss

M.B.A./M.I.S. 2005
Associate Dean for Administration, Finance and Information Technology, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law

“I chose NCCU because it offered a convenient, inexpensive evening program that wasn’t far from home. When I arrived, I found the professors very helpful. They genuinely wanted students to succeed. Among the students, there was diversity of backgrounds that provided insights into other cultures and business experiences. We developed real friendships. It was a good program and the degree I earned has opened several doors for me."


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Deborah Watkins

B.B.A. 1979, M.B.A. 1998
Resource Development Manager, IBM
IGS- Global Delivery, Research Triangle Park, NC

“I received my MBA in May 1998 and by October 1998 I had landed a management position. I would highly recommend North Carolina Central University to anyone and put it up against any of the area schools. I think you can get a great education here."