School of Business Announces New Advisory Council Members

by Laura Hinckley, Public Relations Writer

The Cedarville University School of Business Administration (SBA) recently appointed seven new members to its advisory council.

The main roles of the advisory council include advising and counseling the SBA dean and faculty on ways in which the school can solve problems and improve programs to meet present and future student, University and business needs. The council, which is structured to provide a wide range of perspectives and support to accomplish its purpose, recently added seven new members from a variety of industries.

Liz Arch lives in Omaha, Neb., where she works as the campus financial analyst for Bergan Mercy Medical Center, a large acute care hospital and member hospital of the national Catholic Health Initiatives network. A 2008 graduate of Cedarville’s business program, Arch is supportive of the new developments in the program. 

Devin Cheek, a 1994 Cedarville graduate, resides in Avon, Ind. Cheek has worked for Rolls Royce for the past 17 years in various engineering-related capacities, and is currently an engineering manager supporting the Lift System  for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Cheek started his degree in the fall of 1989 as pre-engineering, and was the only student from that program to stay and finish his degree at Cedarville after the engineering program launched in the fall of 1990.

Jan Conway, who lives in Springfield, Ohio, is a recently retired dean of nursing from Cedarville University. Conway retired in 2013 after serving as a nursing faculty for over 30 years. 

Lori Greenawalt, a 1984 Cedarville graduate, lives in Haddonfield, N.J., and is a previous SBA advisory council member. Greenawalt spent her career in public accounting and retired from KPMG in March 2013. 

Brian Learst, a 1983 Bob Jones University graduate from Charlotte, N.C., serves as CEO of QuintEvents, a sports event management firm. Learst is interested in the SBA’s growth and in helping prepare young people for opportunities at QuintEvents and other employers in the sports management industry. 

Travis Smith, a 2009 Cedarville graduate, lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he co-found VIP Waste Services. Along with Jesse Lear, also a 2009 Cedarville graduate, Smith launched the company in 2010 as a doorstep trash and recycling pickup company for apartment community residents. They now service over 12,000 apartment homes in Columbus and Cincinnati. Smith hopes that he can help the SBA broaden curriculum, projects and programs to give students unique opportunities in the marketplace. 
Nick Wallace, a 1978 California State University at Fullerton graduate, lives in Carmel, Ind., and works at CapinCrouse LLP as a partner and national director of higher education services. He has been connected to Cedarville for several years as an audit partner. After working in Christian higher education for 30 years, Wallace believes that graduates from Christian business programs are integral to reaching communities.

Loren Reno, dean of the school of business administration at Cedarville, said the advisory council serves in a vital capacity to him as the dean and to the school. “I depend on the advisory council to help me understand needs and options - needs to which we might want to adjust our curriculum and options for keeping our programs relevant," Reno said. "These talented men and women are insightful in their counsel, diversified in their experience, and generous in their support.” 

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