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A group of Marietta College students and employees stand for a photo with a donation check

In early November, Marietta-headquartered Peoples Bank pledged $1 million to help enhance and facilitate the merger between the Department of Business & Economics and the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The College received the first of five $200,000 annual gifts that are part of the College’s This is the Time comprehensive campaign.

The College expects the merger to create a new department that better prepares students to succeed in both the nonprofit and the for-profit business worlds.

The combined departments will maintain the name McDonough Center for Leadership and Business.

“The combining of these two programs makes sense as we work to ensure the courses and majors within this combined program meet the expanding needs of today’s business world and the leadership challenges of the future,” says Marietta College President Bill Ruud. “This reorganization makes a strong statement about our commitment to enhancing our academic areas to ensure greater opportunities for our students, faculty and staff.”

Tom Perry