Fontbonne University has announced a major restructuring of its academic departments in a move designed to create greater synergy and provide opportunities for collaboration.
The College of Global Business and Professional Studies is the first of three academic colleges planned for the university, according to officials. All current undergraduate and graduate business programs, including those in the OPTIONS program for adult learners, fall under the new college, the first ever for the private Catholic university.
"As we advance Fontbonne's role as an educational leader into the next decade and beyond, it is helpful to look at the recent steady growth and demand for our unique programs," said Greg Taylor, Fontbonne's executive vice president for strategy and operations. "Our expansion with new programs and at new locations, particularly in the related business disciplines, indicates that Fontbonne has unlimited potential."
The other two colleges slated for development are arts and sciences, and applied human sciences and educational studies.
"There is a degree of synergy we can achieve by grouping related academic areas into one cohesive unit," said Dr. Nancy Blattner, Fontbonne's vice president and dean for academic affairs. "The collaboration that can occur within these colleges will be substantial and will likely affect programming, curriculum development and the way in which students, as well as prospective students, view us."
Heading up the new college will be Dr. Linda Maurer, Fontbonne's current dean of business.
"This is an exciting time for the university as a whole and specifically the students and alumni in our business and OPTIONS programs," Maurer said. "Our concentration on a ‘global' perspective goes beyond the name of this new college. We recognize the importance of an international focus in today's environment, and we strive to integrate a world view throughout our programs and curriculum."
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts, professional and adult degree programs. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.