Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business, has stepped forward with a major gift that will help put Okanagan College at the forefront of business research in the Southern Interior.
McGillivray pledge of $100,000 will be used to develop a research centre at the College that will be focused on small business and entrepreneurship. A portion of the funds, invested with the Okanagan College Foundation, will be directed toward scholarships and bursaries for students as well.
“I have a great and abiding faith in the quality of our students,” says McGillivray, pointing to a long list of student accomplishments in national and international case competitions and to a growing number of notable alumni from the College’s Business Administration degree and diploma programs.
“Research will round out the School of Business’s profile – regionally and nationally,” says McGillivray. “We have a well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence, and for meeting student and employer needs and expectations. We also have a cadre of professors who are undertaking research important to our region; research that focuses on small- and medium-sized enterprises, on the wine industry, on agriculture and on tourism.
Read more in the press release.