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As active Black Bears should, we hunted enriched learning experiences this past year, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic causing the world to operate differently. The faculty and staff in the Maine Business School (MBS) adopted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, expressing our determination to ensure that all who study here feel welcomed, heard, and engaged. We welcomed a new dean for the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Norm O’Reilly, who began on July 1, 2021. The Graduate School of Business (GSB) operated with faculty from the University of Southern Maine and UMaine to revise core courses in the Maine MBA and define foundational skills. The MBS and its GSB connected with the Maine Center to develop interdisciplinary connections, courses, and programs. The MBS welcomed 30 online learners for the BSBA in Management. The Innovation Engineering Program joined the MBS with permanent funding from UMaine. The MBS received final approval to launch the Maine Business Institute (MBI) and to add a new BSBA degree in Sport Management, the first new degree since 1965. And, oh, by the way, the MBS completed its first Corporate Connections agreement with Walgreens, the second largest pharmaceutical retailer in the country.


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