OGDEN, Utah – Thanks to a generous gift of a $1 million endowment, a new leadership chair has been created at Weber State University in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.
Provost Michael Vaughan has announced the creation of the Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Leadership Chair, which initially will be held by Lewis Gale, dean of the Goddard School.
"While becoming more common nationwide, I believe this is one of the first, if not the first, endowed dean's position in the state of Utah," Vaughan said.
As holder of the Buehler Leadership Chair, the dean of the Goddard School will be expected to engage in significant civic and academic events locally, nationally and internationally and to attract noted business and economic leaders to the WSU campus. Funding from the gift will be used at the discretion of the dean to support faculty research and scholarship within the business school.
At least once a year, the dean will be responsible for hosting a major lecture for the campus or community, which will be known as the Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Lecture.
"This is a tremendous new resource for the Goddard School that will further enhance our strong reputation of preparing leaders for the challenges of today and tomorrow," said Gale. "We are extremely honored and grateful to Vern and his late wife MaRee for their generosity and support."
Vernon Buehler had a distinguished 27-year military career that began prior to World War II and included stints in India and Korea. Upon retiring as a colonel, he joined the faculty at Utah State University, where he taught business administration for more than 20 years and founded the COB Partners Program. After retiring from USU, Buehler nursed his wife of 50 years, MaRee Clawson, until her death from Parkinson's disease in 1990. During the 1990s, he joined WSU's School of Business & Economics as a consultant engaged in enriching its international programs, and later taught at institutions in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Buehler holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah State Agricultural College, an MBA from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University. His philanthropic and charitable activities continue to keep him busy.
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