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WFU to host panel discussion on financial crisis


October 1, 2008

Wake Forest University will host a panel discussion, “Exploring Today’s Financial Crisis:  Business, Politics, Ethics and You,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 3, at Scales Fine Arts Center’s Brendle Recital Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

Banking executives and academics will address the root causes of the nation’s current financial crisis and how it is affecting taxpayers, investors, bank customers, small business owners and job seekers, among others.  Other topics will include leadership in times of crisis, what is in store for the economy and the political and ethical implications of potential courses of action.

Banking industry panelists will be John Allison, chairman and chief executive officer at BB&T Corp. and Reggie Imamura, managing director at PNC Bank.  Panelists from Wake Forest University will be Sheri Bridges, associate professor of marketing at the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy; David Coates, professor of political science; and Alison Snow Jones, associate professor at the School of Medicine’s Program in Bioethics, Health and Society.

Moderators will be Bill Marcum, associate professor of finance at the Calloway School and Rob Nash, associate professor of finance at Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.  To promote informal dialogue among the panelists, a moderator-led question-and-answer format will be employed.  The two-hour session will include time for questions from the audience.  Dean of Business and Professor of Leadership and Strategy Steve Reinemund will offer opening and closing remarks.

Wake Forest’s Babcock School offers five MBA programs:  full-time, evening and fast-track executive MBA programs in Winston-Salem, and evening and Saturday MBA programs in Charlotte.  The school also offers a 10-month master’s degree in management designed specifically for recent college graduates who have majored in the liberal arts and sciences.  The Calloway School offers undergraduate degrees in management, accountancy, finance and mathematical business, as well as the Master of Science in Accountancy degree.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


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